Georgia

By the Numbers

Summary

  • In 2020, there were 136 reported domestic violence related deaths in Georgia.1
  • In 2020, 74% (n=101) of reported domestic violence related deaths were committed by firearm.2
  • In 2015, there were 7,208 active protection orders in the National Crime Information Center for Georgia, 3,461 of which had a disqualifying Brady Indicator.3

Fatalities

There were 1,381 reported domestic violence related deaths * in Georgia between 2011 and 2020. Of the 136 domestic violence related deaths in 2020, 74% (n=101) were by firearm.4,

Domestic Violence Related Deaths
Domestic Violence Related Deaths in Georgia, 2011-2020

Notes:

  1. The domestic violence related death count represents all domestic violence related deaths known at the time of the Report, including intimate partners and related persons, such as new relationship partners, children, and other family members.
  2. The Georgia Domestic Violence Fatality Review Project releases an annual report on in-depth domestic violence-related fatality reviews. The Project compiles the statistics using media accounts and report from domestic violence programs and District Attorney’s offices.

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 Georgia is:

Females

37.4% Experienced IPV
62.6% No IPV

Among female victims in Georgia who experienced contact sexual violence, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime, 52.2% were concerned for safety, 32.8% were injured, 16.6% needed medical care, and 15.5% needed legal services.8

Males

30.4% Experienced IPV
69.6% No IPV

Statistically reliable estimates of the percentage of male victims in Georgia who experienced contact sexual violence, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime who were concerned for safety, injured, needed medical care, or needed legal services are not available.9

Domestic Violence Protection Orders

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

There were 7,208 active protection orders in the National Crime Information Center for Georgia in 2015, 3,461 of which had a disqualifying Brady Indicator.10

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.
  • Domestic violence related death: For Georgia, homicides are domestic violence related if the victim and perpetrator were current or former intimate partners. Cases involving the homicide of a victim other than the intimate partner such as a friend, current partner, child, or family member of the domestic violence victim are also considered domestic violence related.
  • 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 September 10, 2020. Please note that data used are the most recent available data.