Wisconsin

By the Numbers

Summary

  • In 2018, there were 38 domestic violence homicide victims in Wisconsin.4
  • In 2018, at least 24 of Wisconsin’s domestic violence homicide victims were killed with a firearm.2
  • In 2015, there were 6,062 active protection orders in the National Crime Information Center for Wisconsin, 3,285 of which had a disqualifying Brady Indicator.

Fatalities

Between 2009 and 2018, there were 439 domestic violence homicide*victims in Wisconsin.

In 2018, there were 38 domestic violence homicide victims in Wisconsin.1

Domestic Violence Homicide Victims
Domestic Violence Homicide Incidents by Firearm
Domestic Violence Homicide Victims in Wisconsin, 2009-2018

Notes:

  1. * There was a discrepancy for the domestic violence homicide victim count for 2009. In the 2009 report, there were 52 reported domestic violence homicide victims for 2009 and in the 2010 report there were 51 reported domestic violence homicide victims for 2009. The newer report data was used.
  2. According to End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin, homicides are considered domestic violence related if: (1) the victims and perpetrators were spouses or partners, former spouses or former partners, adults with children in common, and adults or teens that had been in a dating relationship; (2) [beginning in 2010] a parent or grandparent was killed by an adult child or grandchild (but not if the defendant was found not guilty by reason of mental illness or lacked the capacity to stand trial); (3) a homicide of a person other than the intimate partner occurred within the context of domestic violence; or (4) a child death occurred as an extension of or in response to ongoing abuse between adult intimate partners.
  3. The domestic violence homicide method data reported may under-represent the number of victims of domestic violence homicide by firearm, as method data is reported by incident rather than each individual victim death. For example, in 2016 there were 51 domestic violence homicide incidents and 57 domestic violence homicide victims (excluding by legal intervention). A firearm was used in 27 of the 51 domestic violence homicide incidents; however, it is unclear how many of the 57 domestic violence homicide victims died by firearm, as there can be more than one victim per incident.

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 Wisconsin is:

Females

36.3% Experienced IPV
63.7% No IPV

Among female victims in Wisconsin who experienced contact sexual violence, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime, 60.0% were concerned for safety, 39.0% were injured, 23.4% needed medical care, and 24.3% needed legal services.5

Males

32.1% Experienced IPV
67.9% No IPV

Among male victims in Wisconsin who experienced contact sexual violence, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime, 19.8% were concerned for safety and 17% needed legal services. Statistically reliable estimates of the percentage of male victims who were injured or needed medical care are not available.6

Domestic Violence Protection Orders

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

There were 6,062 active protection orders in the National Crime Information Center for Wisconsin in 2015, 3,285 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 homicide: In Wisconsin, homicides are considered domestic violence related if: (1) the victims and perpetrators were spouses or partners, former spouses or former partners, adults with children in common, and adults or teens that had been in a dating relationship; (2) [beginning in 2010] a parent or grandparent was killed by an adult child or grandchild (but not if the defendant was found not guilty by reason of mental illness or lacked the capacity to stand trial); (3) a homicide of a person other than the intimate partner occurred within the context of domestic violence; or (4) a child death occurred as an extension of or in response to ongoing abuse between adult intimate partners.
  • 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 May 5, 2020. Please note that data used are the most recent available data.