• Number of calls Knoxville/Knox County dispatch received related to domestic violence per year for a five year period:

2007: 18,618

2008: 16,400

2009: 17,951

2010: 19,043

2011: 19,441

  • During this period, the calls that dispatch has received each year related to domestic violence has equated to one call every thirty (30) minutes. 
  • The Family Justice Center number of victims served per year in a five year period:

2007: 2,017

2008: 1,991

2009: 2,110

2010: 2,114

2011: 1,907

  •  The number of concluded Orders of Protection filed in Fourth Circuit Court in Knox County per year in a five  year period:

2007: 2,257

2008: 2,431

2009: 2,617

2010: 2,517

2011: 2,643


  • 1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime1
  • 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner each year2
  • 85% of domestic violence victims are women3
  • Most cases of domestic violence are never reported to the police4
  • Females who are 20-24 years of age are at the greatest risk of nonfatal intimate partner violence5
  • Almost 1/3 of female homicide victims that are reported in police records are killed by an intimate partner6


  • The cost of IPV exceeds $5.8 billion each year, $4.1 billion is spent on health and mental health care7
  • Victims of IPV lost almost 8 million days of paid work (equivalent of more than 32,000 full-time jobs or almost 5.6 million days of household productivity)7
  • Children & Domestic Violence:
  • Witnessing violence between one’s caretakers is the strongest risk factor of transmitting violent behavior from one generation to the next8
  • 30-60% of perpetrators of intimate partner violence also abuse children in the household9


  • 1/12 U.S. women & 1/45 U.S. men has been stalked at some point in their lives.10
  • 13% of college women were stalked during the school year.11
  • 77% of female victims & 64% of male victims know their stalker.10
  • 81% of women stalked by an intimate have been physically assaulted by that person.10
  • 31% of women stalked by an intimate have been sexually assaulted by that person.10
  • 76% of intimate partner femicide (murder) victims had been stalked by their intimate partner.12

Dating Violence

  • 1/5 teens in a serious relationship reports having been hit, slapped, or pushed by a partner.13
  • 14% of teens report having been threatened with physical harm either to them or self-inflicted by their partner to avoid a breakup.13
  • 1/10 teens has been verbally or physically abused by a boy/girlfriend who was drunk or high.13
  • 51% of college males admit perpetrating one or more sexual assault incidents during college.14


1-Tjaden, Patricia & Thoennes, Nancy, National Institute of Justice & the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, “Extent, Nature and Consequences of Intimate Partner Violence: Findings from the National Violence Against Women Survey,” (2000).

2-Costs of Intimate Partner Violence Against Women in the U.S. 2003. CDC & Prevention, National Centers for Injury Prevention and Control. Atlanta, GA.

33-Bureau of Justice Statistics Crime Data Brief, Intimate Partner Violence, 1993-2001, Feb. 2003.

4-Frieze, I.H., Browne, A. (1989) Violence in Marriage. In L.E. Ohlin & M.H. Tonry (eds.) Family Violence. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.

5-U.S. Dept. of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, “Intimate Partner Violence in the United States,” Dec. 2006.

6-Federal Bureau of Investigation, Uniform Crime Reports “Crime in the United States, 2000,” (2001).

7-Costs of Intimate Partner Violence Against Women in the United States. 2003. CDC & Prevention, National Centers for Injury Prevention & Control. Atlanta, GA.

8-Break the Cycle (2006). Startling Statistics.

9-Edelson, J.L. (1999). “The Overlap Between Child Maltreatment and Woman Battering.” Violence Against Women. 5:134-154

10-Tjaden & Thoennes. (1998). “Stalking in America,” NIJ

11-Fisher, Cullen, and Turner. (2000). “The Sexual Victimization of College Women,” NIJ/BJS

12-McFarlane et al. (1999). “Stalking and Intimate Partner Femicide,” Homicide Studies

13-Liz Claiborne, Inc., “Study on Teen Dating Abuse,” (Teenage Research Unlimited, 2005), http://www.loveisnotabuse.com (available February 1, 2007)

15-A. Berkowitz, “College Men as Perpetrators of Acquaintance Rape and Sexual Assault,” College Health, (1992)