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.