Domestic Violence and Homicide

Terri Marie Adams-Fuller, University of the District of Columbia

One of America's most pervasive hidden truths is the prevalence of domestic violence. Each year in the United States approximately 4.8 million incidents of intimate partner rape and physical assaults are committed against an estimated 2.9 million women. Domestic abuse is the leading cause of injury to women, and each year hundreds of American women die at the hands of an abusive partner. The Federal Bureau of Investigation reports that close to a third of all female homicide victims are murdered by an intimate partner or a former partner. This study examines the spatial patterns of domestic violence calls for service and the distribution of domestic homicides for the years 1989 and 1990 in the District of Columbia.

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Updated 05/20/2006