In 2005, the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) received 27,401 domestic-related crimecalls – one every 19 minutes...
Many of the signs women are taught to interpret as caring, attentive, and romantic are actually early warning signs for future abuse. Some examples include:
INTRUSION: Constantly asks you where you are going, who you are with, etc.
ISOLATION: Insists that you spend all or most of your time together, cutting you off from friends and family.
POSSESSION AND JEALOUSY: Accuses you of flirting/having sexual relationships with others; monitors your clothing/make-up.
NEED FOR CONTROL: Displays extreme anger when things do not go his way; attempts to make all of your decisions.
UNKNOWN PASTS / NO RESPECT FOR WOMEN: Secretive about past relationships; refers to women with negative remarks, etc.
The statistics on this page are specific to the District of Columbia. National domestic violence statistics are available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Family Violence Prevention Fund, and the U.S. Department of Justice.
In 2005, the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) received 27,401 domestic-related crime calls – one every 19 minutes, including 11,053 calls to report domestic violence crimes (30 calls per day) and 16,348 calls to report family dispute crimes (45 calls per day).
The number of domestic violence calls to MPD has increased 22% in the past three years, from 9,045 calls in 2002 to 11,053 calls in 2005.
Domestic-related calls accounted for 65% of all interpersonal crime calls to MPD in 2005.
Domestic violence accounted for approximately one-third (27%) of all reported violent crime victimizations in 2005.
In 2005, although there were approximately as many
domestic violence calls (11,053) to MPD as calls for
stolen cars (11,415) or burglaries (12,296), police
reports and court filings indicate that domestic violence
cases (8,386) exceeded substantiated stolen car offenses
(7,467) by 12.3% and more than doubled the number of
actual burglaries (3,571).
Sources: Metropolitan Police Department, 2004-2006;
US Federal Bureau of Investigation, 2005-2006
In cases where victim-offender relationship could be established from 2001 to 2004, MPD reported that there were 51 murders attributed to domestic/family violence, including 41 adult/youth victims of domestic violence, and 10 child/infant victims of child abuse.
Domestic/family violence homicides, not including child abuse, account for 6% of all murders in the District from 2002 to 2004 in cases where homicide motives can be established.
Of the murders with identified motives from 2002 to 2004, fourteen percent (14%) of all female murders and 3% of all male murders were the result of domestic/family violence (not including child abuse).
Of the murders with identified motives from 2002 to 2004, domestic/family violence (not including child abuse) caused 5% of all youth (under age 18) homicide.
Excluding drug-related murders, one-third (31%) of
all female homicide victims from 2002 to 2004, died
as a result of arguments (17%) and domestic/family violence
Sources: Metropolitan Police Department-- UCR Report, 2005;
A Report on Homicide in the District of Columbia 2001-2004;
A Report on Juvenile Homicide 2002-2004