Definition: Domestic violence means an act or threatened act of violence against a person with whom the offender is involved or has been involved in a dating relationship, or an act or threatened act of violence against a family or household member by a family or household member.
Domestic violence is an epidemic affecting individuals in every community, regardless of age, economic status, race, religion, nationality or educational background. About 1 in every 4 women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime.
Where We Are
In 2013, reported incidents of domestic violence (per 1,000 population) was 8.0 in Douglas County. The rate in Douglas County was higher than the State of Kansas in 2013.
Among reported incidents of domestic violence in Kansas in 2013:
The average victim is a white female between the ages of 20 and 29. The average offender is a white male between the ages of 20 and 29 and is most often the spouse or boyfriend/girlfriend of the victim.
Healthy People 2020 Goal
Support for crisis intervention might include:
Crisis intervention services and hotlines
Laws that allow either victims or perpetrators to be removed from the home
Shelters or other emergency residential facilities