Florida

By the Numbers

Summary

  • In 2018, there were 196 reported domestic violence murders in Florida.1
  • In 2015, there were 31,104 active protection orders in the National Crime Information Center for Florida, 6,399 of which had a disqualifying Brady Indicator.2

Fatalities

There were 1,854 reported domestic violence murders * in Florida between 2009 and 2018.

In 2018, there were 196 reported domestic violence murders. Thirty-six percent (n=70) of victims were spouses, 11% (n=22) were parents, 17% (n=34) were children, 2% (n=4) were siblings, 9% (n=18) were other family, 18% (n=35) were co-habitants, and 7% (n=13) were other.3

Note: Domestic Violence relationships include spouse, parent, child, sibling, family, cohabitant, other family.

 

Reported Domestic Violence Murders
Reported Domestic Violence Manslaughters
Reported Domestic Violence Fatalities in Florida, 2009-2018

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 Florida is:

Females

37.9% Experienced IPV
62.1% No IPV

Among female victims in Florida who experienced contact sexual violence, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime, 53.0% were concerned for safety, 35.8% were injured, 19.2% needed medical care, and 23.6% needed legal services.4

Males

29.3% Experienced IPV
70.7% No IPV

Among male victims in Florida who experienced contact sexual violence, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime, 16.8% were concerned for safety and 19.4% needed legal services. Statistically reliable estimates of the percentage of male victims who were injured or needed medical care are not available.5

Domestic Violence Protection Orders

Protection Orders Active in the National Crime Information Center for Florida, 2006-2015

There were 31,104 active protection orders in the National Crime Information Center for Florida in 2015, 6,399 of which had a disqualifying Brady Indicator.6

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.

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

Definitions

  • Contact sexual violence: Combined measure that includes rape, being made to penetrate someone else, sexual coercion, and/or unwanted sexual contact.
  • Domestic violence murders: In Florida, a domestic violence murder occurs when one of the following relationships exists between the victim and the perpetrator: spouse, parent, child, sibling, family, cohabitant, other family.
  • 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.