Domestic Violence in Memphis and Shelby County:
- Domestic violence is a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one person to gain or maintain power and control over another person.
- One in every four women and one in every seven men has been the victim of domestic violence.
- In 2015 there were 12 intimate partner domestic violence homicides, including one murder-suicide.
- Tennessee ranks sixth in the number of women murdered by men.
- Fifty-six percent of violent crime in Memphis is domestic violence.
- Number one crime of juveniles locally.
- Number one crime of gang members.
- Girls and young women between the ages of 16 and 24 experience the highest rate of intimate partner violence — almost triple the national average.
- Abusive dating behavior can start as early as age 11 or 12. Early abusive behavior leads to more severe abuse later.
- Rates of violence between adults in the home are higher in Shelby County (22%) than in Tennessee (19%) or nationally (16%).
- Children exposed to family violence are more likely to become an abuser or victim themselves.
High Risk Cases:
- More than 70 percent of injuries and murders happen after the victim leaves.
- 79% of the cases had a history of strangulation.
- 49% of the cases involved stalking and/or harassment.
- 29% of the victims had filed multiple OP’s.
- 38% of offenders were serial offenders.
- 27% of the offenders were known gang members.