Massachusetts

By the Numbers

Summary

  • In 2019, there were 28 reported domestic violence related homicide victims in Massachusetts.1
  • In 2015, there were 30,172 active protection orders in the National Crime Information Center for Massachusetts, none of which had a disqualifying Brady Indicator.2

Fatalities

There were 201 reported domestic violence related homicide victims * between 2010 and 2019.3

Domestic Violence Related Homicide Victims
Domestic Violence Related Homicide Victims in Massachusetts, 2010-2019

Notes:

  1. Homicides are considered domestic violence-related if:
    1. the homicide victim and perpetrator were current or former spouses or intimate partners, adults or teens with a child in common, or adults or teens in a current or former dating relationship;
    2. the homicide victim was a bystander or intervened in an attempted domestic violence homicide and was killed (including friends, family members, new intimate partners, law enforcement officers or other professionals attempting to assist the victim of domestic violence, roommates and co-workers);
    3. the motive for the murder was reported to have included jealousy, in the context of an intimate partner or dating relationship; or
    4. a relationship existed between the homicide perpetrator and adult or teen victim that could be defined as exhibiting a pattern of power and control (including family or household members and caregivers).
  2. The number of domestic violence homicide victims does not contain the number of domestic violence perpetrator suicides or deaths.

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 Massachusetts is:

Females

33.9% Experienced IPV
66.1% No IPV

Among female victims in Massachusetts who experienced contact sexual violence, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime, 58.6% were injured, 30.4% were injured, 19.0% needed medical care, and 21.6% needed legal services.5

Males

31.7% Experienced IPV
68.3% No IPV

Statistically reliable estimates of the percentage of male victims in Massachusetts 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.6

Domestic Violence Protection Orders

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

There were 30,172 active protection orders in the National Crime Information Center for Massachusetts in 2015, none of which had a disqualifying Brady Indicator.7*

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 homicide: For Massachusetts, domestic violence related homicides include when “the homicide victim and perpetrator were current or former spouses or intimate partners, adults or teens with a child in common, or adults or teens in a current or former dating relationship; the homicide victim was a bystander or intervened in an attempted domestic violence homicide and was killed (including friends, family members, new intimate partners, law enforcement officers or other professionals attempting to assist the victim of domestic violence, roommates and co-workers); the motive for the murder was reported to have included jealousy, in the context of an intimate partner or dating relationship, or a relationship existed between the homicide perpetrator and adult or teen victim that could be defined as exhibiting a pattern of power and control (including family or household members and caregivers).” This does not include domestic violence perpetrator suicides or deaths.
  • 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 4, 2020. Please note that data used are the most recent available data.