Maine

By the Numbers

Summary

  • In 2017, there were 9 reported domestic abuse homicides in Maine.1
  • In 2015, there were 3,693 active protection orders in the National Crime
    Information Center for Maine, 2,285 of which had a disqualifying Brady Indicator.2

Fatalities

There were 114 reported domestic abuse homicides between 2008 and 2017.

In 2017, there were 9 reported domestic abuse homicides in Maine.3

Domestic Abuse Homicides
Domestic Abuse Homicides in Maine, 2008-2017

Notes:

*There were 21 total domestic homicides between 2010 and 2011. An average was taken to allow the data to be shown in the chart.

Domestic abuse homicides includes two categories, “intimate partner homicides” as well as “intrafamilial homicides.” Intimate partner homicide involves the killing of a current or former intimate partner or spouse. Intrafamilial homicide refers to the killing of a parent, child or sibling by another family member.

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 Maine is:

Females

39.3% Experienced IPV
60.7% No IPV

Among female victims in Maine who experienced contact sexual violence, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime, 69.1% were concerned for safety, 25.7% were injured, 13.1% needed medical care, and 23.7% needed legal services.4

Males

33.6% Experienced IPV
66.4% No IPV

Among male victims in Maine who experienced contact sexual violence, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime, 17.1% were concerned for safety. Statistically reliable estimates of the percentage of male victims who were injured, needed legal services, or needed medical care are not available.5

Domestic Violence Protection Orders

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

There were 3,693 active protection orders in the National Crime Information Center for Maine in 2015, 2,285 of which had a disqualifying Brady Indicator.6

Protection Orders in the 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 abuse homicides: Domestic abuse homicides includes two categories, intimate partner homicides (killing of a current or former partner or spouse) and intrafamilial homicides (killing of a parent, child or sibling by another family member).
  • 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 25, 2020. Please note that data used are the most recent available data.