DV in Spokane: Some Facts

DV stands for domestic violence, sometimes referred to as intimate partner violence. If you have ever been exposed to DV, then you already know that it can result in lasting physical and psychological harm, and can seriously affect your quality of life in a number of ways. This can be a stressful topic but it is critically important to understand. Varied figures are available to estimate rates of DV exposure, but the graphic to the right is often considered typical, and depicts lifetime frequencies of exposures for both male and female victims of DV. As you can see, DV is a relatively common occurrence during one’s lifetime, and affects both sexes. But how does DV in Spokane compare to other areas?

Here is some data from the Spokane Regional Health District: Spokane law enforcement agencies receive 14,500 calls annually for DV. Spokane records indicate approximately 3500 DV cases make it to court each year. Of those court cases, approximately 43% are dismissed. DV also generates collateral damage for families: 1 in 5 Spokane youth have witnessed abuse between adults more than once. More than 2000 Spokane children are documented annually as either victims and/or witnesses of DV-related crimes. Annual costs of medical services for DV in Spokane is approximately $6.5M for those incidents that are reported.

Spokane CARES reports that, as of 2013 data, DV occurred at a rate of 8.7 per 1000 persons in Spokane vs 5.9 per 1000 for the state of Washington, and has been steadily increasing. Communities are becoming increasingly aware of the severity of this problem. If you or someone you know is being victimized, there is help. National statistics indicate that up to half of all homicides are DV-related. There are serious safety risks associated with freeing yourself from an abuser, but it is possible to live free from abuse and violence. Please seek help if you are being victimized- don’t wait until you become another statistic.

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