Myths & Statistics
Boulder County compiled domestic violence statistics for city police departments and Boulder County Sheriff. Grant funding was cut for this project after 2010, reflected in the dates below. LEVI continues to track and compile domestic violence statistics for the City of Longmont; year-end updates will be reported here.
MYTH: If my spouse does not do drugs and alcohol, I won’t become a victim of domestic violence.
FACT: Only 16% of Longmont cases in 2010 involved the offender’s use of drugs or alcohol.
MYTH: Domestic violence happens mostly to people who are uneducated and/or unemployed.
FACT: In Boulder County, 64% of cases involved those with a High School diploma or higher education, and in 64% of cases, the defendant was employed.
MYTH: After being arrested for domestic violence, offenders are very unlikely to offend again.
FACT: In 2010 in Boulder County, 33% of those arrested for domestic violence had committed their second, third or more domestic violence offenses. That’s a total of 341 offenders in the year 2010 alone who have been arrested multiple times.
MYTH: Domestic violence is just a fight between a couple. It affects them only and isn’t anybody else’s business.
FACT: Domestic violence is not a fight. It is a pattern of behavior used by one person to exert POWER and CONTROL over another person in a relationship. Domestic violence affects our entire community. It is the No. 1 public safety issue in Longmont. More people are injured due to domestic violence than any other crime in our city. Children are the smallest victims of domestic violence. In fact, 273 children were present during domestic violence incidents in Longmont in 2010, and in 70% of those cases, the offender was charged with child abuse. For more information on the effects of domestic violence on children, click here.
- Nearly half of all murders committed in Colorado are committed by a current or former intimate partner and the victims are disproportionately female.
- From 2000-2006, 19 children in Colorado were killed during a domestic violence related incident.
For more Colorado statistics, click this Colorado Domestic Violence Fact Sheet
To learn statistics from around the country and the world, visit the Futures Without Violence Website.
Longmont Police Statistics
The Longmont Police Department processed 711 cases of domestic violence in 2010– that’s 41% of all cases in Boulder County.
- 78% of cases male was offender, 22% of the cases female was the offender.
- 64% of offenders have a high school diploma or better.
- 273 children were present during domestic violence incidents in 2010– the highest number in all of Boulder County.
The Police Department sees only 20% of the cases of domestic violence.
After a series of extremely violent domestic assaults that took place in 1998 and 1999 in Longmont, LEVI began a comprehensive study in order to address the issue of domestic violence. Much information was gathered by this study, and the report formulated the direction LEVI was to take in our community:
Information gathered by the study:
- Over half of the Longmont community has had some personal experience that has impacted their attitude about domestic violence.
- Community believes the police can’t solve the problem alone nor should they.
- One-third of the Longmont community has witnessed a domestic violence incident.
- People don’t help because they believe it is someone else’s responsibility.
- Most domestic violence victims first look to friends and relatives for help.
- People do help when they are directly asked to help, or because the situation is so serious that they feel they must do something.
LEVI wants you as a friend, relative, or a co-worker to know how to effectively intervene early on and direct a victim or abuser to the resources which can help stop this behavioral pattern. LEVI currently provides the Longmont community with several resources: 1) a one-stop referral point for non-emergency access to domestic violence resources, 2) prevention/education materials for friends, relatives, and co-workers to assist a victim or an abuser to seek help and 3) public information to heighten community awareness and change public opinion and social behavior toward domestic violence.
Through our combined efforts LEVI can help anyone find a path to effective resources and services for themselves or others they care about.