District of Columbia

By the Numbers

Summary

  • In 2018, there were 8 reported domestic violence homicides in the District of Columbia.1
  • Thirty-eight percent (n=24) of the domestic violence homicides from 2014-2018 were by firearm.2
  • In 2015, there were 1,879 active protection orders in the National Crime Information Center for the District of Columbia, one of which had a disqualifying Brady Indicator.3

Fatalities

In 2018, there were 8 reported domestic violence homicides* in the District of Columbia. From 2014-2018, there were 63 domestic violence homicide victims in the District of Columbia, thirty-eight percent (n=24) of whom died by firearm.4

Domestic Violence Homicides
Domestic Violence Homicides in the District of Columbia, 2014-2018

Intimate Partner Violence* Victimization and Related Impacts*

The lifetime prevalence* of any contact sexual violence*, physical violence,* and/or stalking victimization* by an intimate partner* in the District of Columbia is:

Domestic Violence Protection Orders

Protection Orders Active in the National Crime Information Center for the District of Columbia, 2006-2015

There were 1,879 active protection orders in the National Crime Information Center for the District of Columbia in 2015, one of which had a disqualifying Brady Indicator.5

Protection Orders in the National Crime Information Center
Protection Orders with Disqualifying Brady Indicator

Note: State participation in the National Crime Information Center protection order file is voluntary, thus the extent to which states enter the orders into the system varies. Regardless of how each state refers to such orders, these records are uniformly referred to as “protection orders” in the National Crime Information Center database.

Definitions

  • Contact sexual violence: Combined measure that includes rape, being made to penetrate someone else, sexual coercion, and/or unwanted sexual contact.
  • Intimate partner: Romantic or sexual partner and includes spouses, boyfriends, girlfriends, people with whom they dated, were seeing, or “hooked up.”
  • Intimate partner violence: The five types of intimate partner violence measured in the NISVS include sexual violence, stalking, physical violence, psychological aggression, and control of reproductive/sexual health. Sexual violence includes rape, being made to penetrate someone else, sexual coercion, unwanted sexual contact, and non-contact unwanted sexual experiences.
  • Intimate partner violence related impacts: For each perpetrator of domestic violence, the NISVS survey asks victims about specific direct impacts related to intimate partner violence to better understand the consequences of contact sexual violence, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner.
  • Lifetime prevalence:Proportion of a population who, at some point in life, have ever experienced the characteristic or condition.
  • Protection orders with a disqualifying Brady Indicator: Protection orders related to domestic violence that have been identified as those that prohibit the individual from receiving or possessing firearms under federal law.
  • Physical violence: A range of behaviors from slapping, pushing, or shoving to severe acts that include being hit with a fist or something hard, kicked, hurt by pulling hair, slammed against something, tried to hurt by choking or suffocating, beaten, burned on purpose, or used a knife or gun.
  • Stalking victimization: Pattern of harassing or threatening tactics used by a perpetrator that is both unwanted and causes fear or safety concerns in the victim.

This page was updated February 10, 2020. Please note that data used are the most recent available data.