Facts & Stats
The Problem: Domestic violence exists in every community, impacting individuals regardless of age, income, race, education, or belief system. In 2013, there were nearly 65,000 domestic violence incidents reported to police and 44 domestic violence homicides in New Jersey, a 13% increase from the previous year (NJ Uniform Crime Report.) Domestic violence impacts the health and safety of individuals, families and communities. In 2003, the cost of intimate partner rape, physical assault and stalking totaled $8.3 billion in direct medical and mental health care services and lost productivity from work. Furthermore domestic violence contributes to child abuse and child fatalities, mental health and substance abuse issues as well as homelessness.
The Need: The Need Despite the array of services provided and the number of individuals served by our domestic violence programs, 783 women and 912 children were unable to be sheltered at their local program due to a lack of space. There were also 980 victims, 136 children, and 324 offenders who were put on waiting lists for non-residential services due to a lack of staff to provide these services. Domestic violence programs struggle to meet the overwhelming need of shelter beds, legal services and representation, case management, and community education. In addition, domestic violence agencies are serving more specialized and complex clientele including victims of human trafficking and sexual assault, individuals with mental health and substance abuse issues, and underserved populations including teens, male victims, individuals with disabilities, and clients representing diverse cultures.
Levels of Service
In 2015, the 23 lead domestic violence agencies:
- Sheltered 1,438 victims and 1,505 children
- Answered 92,976 hotline calls
- Provided non-residential services to 13,060 victims including legal, financial and housing advocacy, group and individual counseling
- Provided batterers intervention services to 1,040 domestic violence offenders
- Provided nearly 2,893 trainings and presentations to approximately 96,852 individuals including court personnel, police, health care providers, faith leaders, high school and middle school students, as well as the general public
National Domestic Violence Statistics
For the ninth consecutive year, on September 10, 2014, the National Network to End Domestic Violence conducted a one-day unduplicated count of adults and children seeking domestic violence service in the United States. This annual census documents the number of individuals who sought services in a single 24-hour period, as well as the types of services requested, the number of service requests that went unmet due to a lack of resources, and the issues and barriers that domestic violence programs face as they strive to provide services to victims of domestic violence.
This report is instrumental in raising awareness about domestic violence and the incredible work that local domestic violence programs do every day.
New Jersey Domestic Violence Statistics
New Jersey's Census Data
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