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Critical Domestic Violence Facts
Domestic Violence Crime in Florida
January – December 2011
- 111,681 domestic violence offenses were reported to law enforcement
- 192 individuals died as a result of domestic violence, representing approximately 19.5% of all homicides in Florida
- Stalking increased 65.1% (stalking is known as a common precursor to domestic and dating violence homicide)
- Law enforcement made 68,001 arrests for domestic violence crimes
Individuals Seeking Services
Fiscal Year 2011-2012
- 15,997 individuals received emergency shelter at a Florida certified domestic violence center
- Domestic violence survivors and their children spent 488,727 nights in shelter
- Advocates received 125,631 hotline calls
- 90,129 safety plans were provided to survivors
- 36,389 women, children and men received outreach services
- Certified domestic violence centers provided a total of 455,994 hours of outreach and counseling to 59,953 individuals and offered 659,035 direct service, information and referrals to survivors, family members and friends seeking assistance
- 3,471 requests for emergency shelter went unmet due to lack of resources
National Domestic Violence Statistics
- Three women are killed by a current or former intimate partner each day in America, on average.
- A woman is battered every 15 seconds in the United States. 
- Nearly one in four women are beaten or raped by a partner during adulthood.
- Nearly 3 in 10 women and 1 in 10 men in the United States have experienced physical violence, rape or stalking by a partner.
- Approximately 37% of women seeking injury-related treatment in hospital emergency rooms were there as a result of injuries inflicted by a current or former spouse or partner.
- An estimated 27% of women and 13.5% of men who are physically assaulted, and less than 20% of women, who are raped by an intimate partner, report these domestic violence crimes to law enforcement.
- The cost of intimate partner violence annually exceeds $5.8 billion, including $4.1 billion in direct health care costs. 
- In 2011, a 24-hour survey of domestic violence programs across the nation found that a total of 67,399 victims were served in only one day. Unfortunately, that same day, due to a lack of resources, there were also 10,581 unmet requests for critical services.
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 2011 Domestic Violence Counts: A 24-Hour Census of Domestic Violence Shelters and Services; The National Network to End Domestic Violence: nnedv.org/docs/Census/DVCounts2011/DVCounts11_NatlSummary_Color.pdf