Domestic violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another. It includes physical violence, sexual violence, threats, and emotional abuse. The frequency and severity of domestic violence can vary dramatically.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE STATISTICS IN MASSACHUSETTS
33.9% of Massachusetts women and 31.7% of Massachusetts men experience intimate partner physical violence, intimate partner sexual violence and/or intimate partner stalking in their lifetimes.1
DID YOU KNOW?
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE-RELATED FIREARMS LAWS IN MASSACHUSETTS
For more information about domestic violence-related firearms laws in Massachusetts, go to https://www.disarmdv.org/state/massachusetts.
If you are in crisis, contact The National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or www.TheHotline.org
1 National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (2019). The national intimate partner and
sexual violence survey: 2010-2012 State Report. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/NISVS-StateReportBook.pdf.
2 Jane Doe Inc. (2020). Overview of domestic violence homicides in Massachusetts: Year to date 2019. Retrieved from https://janedoeinc.wildapricot.org/resources/Documents/Resources_New/Domestic_Violence/DV_Homicides/Facts_Stats/2019_YTD_Homicides_Narratives. docx.
3 National Network to End Domestic Violence (2020). 14th annual domestic violence counts report. Washington, DC. Retrieved from https://nnedv.org/wp- content/uploads/2020/03/Library_Census-2019_Report_web.pdf.
4 Commonwealth of Massachusetts (2015). Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking in the Workplace Statistics. Retrieved from: http://www.mass.gov/anf/employment-equal-access-disability/hr-policies/dom-violence-sexual-assault-and-stalking-awareness/domestic-violence-sexual- assault-and-stalking.html
5 United States Government Accountability Office (2016). Gun control: Analyzing available data could help improve background checks involving domestic violence records. Retrieved from https://www.gao.gov/assets/680/678204.pdf.
6 Instant Criminal Background Check System Section (2020). Active records in the NICS Index as of December 31, 2019. FBI Criminal Justice Information Services. Retrieved from https://www.fbi.gov/file-repository/active-records-in-the-nics-indices-by-state.pdf/view.
7 Black, M.C., Basile, K.C., Breiding, M.J., Smith, S.G., Walters, M.L., Merrick, M.T., Chen, J., & Stevens, M. (2011). The national intimate partner and sexual violence survey: 2010 summary report. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/nisvs_report2010-a.pdf.
8 National Network to End Domestic Violence (2020). 14th annual domestic violence counts report. Retrieved from https://nnedv.org/wp- content/uploads/2020/03/Library_Census-2019_Report_web.pdf.
9 Truman, J. & Morgan, R. (2014). Nonfatal domestic violence, 2003-2012. Retrieved from http://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/ndv0312.pdf.
10 Campbell, J.C., Webster, D., Koziol-McLain, J., Block, C., Campbell, D., Curry, M. A., Gary, F., Glass, N., McFarlane, J., Sachs, C., Sharps, P., Ulrich, Y.,
Wilt, S., Manganello, J., Xu, X., Schollenberger, J., Frye, V., & Lauphon, K. (2003). Risk factors for femicide in abusive relationships: Results from a
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11 Violence Policy Center. (2018). American roulette: murder-suicide in the United States. Retrieved from: www.vpc.org/studies/amroul2018.pdf
12 Mass. Gen. L. ch. 140, § 129B(1)(i)(f).
13 Mass. Gen. L. ch. 140, § 129B; Mass. Gen. L. ch. 265, § 43.
14 Mass. Gen. L. ch. 140, § 129B(vii); Mass. Gen. L. ch. 140, § 209A(1).
15 Mass. Gen. L. ch. 140, § 209A(3C).
16 Mass. Gen. L. ch. 140, § 129B(vii); Mass. Gen. L. ch. 140, § 209A(3B).
17 Mass. Gen. L. ch. 140, § 209A(3B).
18 Mass. Gen. L. ch. 140, § 129B; Mass. Gen. L. ch. 140, § 129C; Mass. Gen. L. ch. 140, § 131; Mass. Gen. L. ch. 140, § 131E.
Citation: National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (2020)