Domestic violence is a serious problem around the world. It violates the fundamental human rights of women and often results in serious injury or death.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         World Health Organization                                                                     
 Alternative Horizons Statistics
     1.  In 2012, we helped 761 clients with 5,063 services
     2.  In 2011, we helped 876 clients with 4,746 services
Colorado Statistics
  • In a single day in 2011, 1,317 victims of domestic violence were served by community-based programs in Colorado. Of that number, 622 found refuge in emergency shelters or transitional housing where they received a wide variety of services to help them maintain their safety and begin to make plans for their future. 695 adults and children received non-residential assistance and services, including individual counseling, legal advocacy, and children’s support groups. Source: Domestic Violence Counts: The National Census of Domestic Violence Services, Executive Summary for Colorado. 
  • On that one day in 2011, there were 235 requests for domestic violence services that were unable to be met by Colorado service providers. Many programs reported a critical shortage of funds and staff to assist victims in need of services such as transportation, childcare, language translation, mental health and substance abuse counseling, and legal representation. Source: Domestic Violence Counts: The National Census of Domestic 
    Violence Services, see above.
  • Throughout 2011, Colorado's 46 domestic violence crisis centers responded to 61,335 crisis phone calls and served a total of 34,685 clients with residential, non-residential, or transitional housing services. Source: Colorado Department of Human Services, Domestic Violence Program, “20011Annual Report.”
  • Colorado Crisis centers provided a total of 107,064 nights of shelter in a residential shelter and 74,270 nights of shelter in transitional housing in 2011.Source: Colorado Department of Human Services, Domestic Violence Program, “2011Annual Report,” see above.
  • The more than 61,000 crisis phone calls answered by Colorado domestic violence service providers in 2011 represents a 58% increase over the past five years. Source: Colorado Department of Human Services, Domestic Violence Program,“2008 Annual Report,” see above.
  • A total of 6,733 Coloradans were turned away from shelter in 2011 due to lack of space. This was an increase over last year of 1,365 individuals. In addition to numbers turned away from shelter due to a lack of available space, there were 509 unmet requests for transitional housing in 2011. Source: Colorado Department of 
    Human Services, Domestic Violence Program, “2008 Annual Report,” see above.
  • In 2011, there were more than 13,384 reports of domestic violence crimes filed with Colorado law 
    enforcement agencies. This number includes 11,381 reports of assault, 905 incidents of kidnapping, 305 forcible sex offenses, and 23 homicides. Due to reporting mechanisms, comparison to past years reports is not possible. Source: Crime in Colorado 2011;
  • In Colorado in 2011, at least 38 people died in 28 fatal incidents related to domestic abuse, including suicides and collateral deaths not counted in the Crime in Colorado statistics. Source: Denver Metro Domestic Violence Fatality Review Committee / Denver Domestic Violence Coordinating Council “2011 Summary”
                  Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence



“One thing we do know about domestic violence is that it is passed down from generation to generation. It is learned behavior.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                     Lester Aradi, Chief of Police Largo, Florida



National Statistics


1.   One in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime.

2.   An estimated 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner each year.

3.   85% of domestic violence victims are women.

4.   Historically, females have been most often victimized by someone they knew.

5.   Females who are 20-24 years of age are at the greatest risk of nonfatal intimate partner violence.

6.   Most cases of domestic violence are never reported to the police.

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

To be a survivor–first you must bleed. You bleed all that was inside of you: the pain, the memories, the fear, the wounds fusing together, the ties to what was in, all its forms. You bleed not once but several times... And when you are empty, you either fade into a shadow or find the strength, and courage to live. When you stand up again, you are for a time, hollow–empty, like a bottle of beer lying on the street, cracked and reeking of its bitter contents. Then you fill yourself up with the new, your recreate yourself–you reform. You don’t have the same heart or mind. The way you see the world is forever changed.           
                                                                                                                                                     Written by Lynn Mari
International Statistics

1.    Worldwide, 40-70% of all female murder victims are killed by an intimate partner.

2.    Statistics on the prevalence of the problem indicate that domestic violence is a worldwide epidemic.

3.    Studies show that between 25% and 50% of all women in the world have been abused by intimate partners.

4.    According to the one in every three women in the world has experienced sexual, physical, emotional or other abuse in her lifetime.

5.    In forty-eight surveys from around the world, 10-69% of women stated that they had been physically assaulted by an intimate partner at some point in their lives.

6.    The WHO also reports that studies from a range of countries show that 40-70% of female murder victims were killed by an intimate partner. A 1997 UNICEF publication reports that between a quarter and one half of women around the world have suffered violence at the hands of an intimate partner.

                                                                                                       World Health Organization