“A Census of Domestic Violence Gun Homicides in Arizona” reveals that 62 percent of women killed by intimate partners in Arizona were shot to death, and the rate of intimate partner homicides in Arizona is 45 percent higher than the national average.
• One in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime
• 85% of domestic violence victims are women
• Each year an estimated 1.3 million women are victimized by intimate partners
• Domestic violence results in more than 18.5 million health care visits yearly
• Most cases of domestic violence are never reported to the police
• Every 44 minutes in Arizona, one or more children witness domestic violence
• Up to 60% of perpetrators of intimate partner violence also abuse their children
• Witnessing violence as a child is the strongest risk factor in transmitting violent behavior from one generation to the next
• Boys who witness domestic violence are twice as likely to abuse their own partners and children when they become adults
• In the rural areas of Arizona, victims of domestic violence may not have access to services due to isolation and long distances between available domestic violence safe homes or shelters
The Arizona Criminal Justice Commission
Almost one out of every three Arizona residents was a victim of a violent, property, identity theft, or hate crime in the 12 months prior to their participation in the AZCVS. Residents living in the rural counties of Arizona were less likely to have been victimized than residents of Maricopa or Pima counties.
The Arizona Department of Public Safety
• There were 1,833 rapes reported during 2013.
• Rape accounted for 0.8 percent of the total Index offenses and 7.4 percent of violent crimes.
• July recorded the highest number with 178, while February recorded the lowest with 119.
• Of the total rapes reported, forcible rape accounted for 1,628 offenses and attempted rape accounted for 205 offenses.