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Domestic Violence DV Statistics

  • Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women between the ages of 15 and 44 in the United States; more than car accidents, muggings, and rapes combined.
  • In 2002 there were 7,961 calls to law enforcement regarding domestic violence in Fresno County.
  • In 2003 there were 8,291 domestic violence related calls for assistance in Fresno County. That is 330 more families in crisis.
  • Fresno County ranked #1 in felony domestic violence arrests in California (per capita).
  • 26% of the homicides in Fresno are related to domestic violence - the 5th highest in California.
  • The high rates of domestic violence in Fresno County can be consistently linked to the economic and social structures that are part of the San Joaquin Valley dynamics.
  • One in three women are physically or sexually assaulted by a man sometime in her lifetime.
  • Every day in the United States, an average of three women are murdered by a partner or ex-partner.
  • Over half a million women are being stalked right now by a man.
  • In homes where partner abuse occurs, children are 1,500 times more likely to be abused.
  • Reliable data including police reports, witness statements, and emergency room reports indicate that men are the predominant aggressors in over 90% of reported battering cases.
  • Domestic violence is not limited to race, gender, age, national origin, sexual orientation, religion or socioeconomic lines - it can affect anyone!

These alarming figures have inspired a new and unique partnership between the Fresno Area Construction Team (FACT) and the Marjaree Mason Center. Together we understand that we cannot rely on the criminal justice system to solve the problem of family violence. Violence in our families will only end when we all get involved, men and women together.