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Statewide Domestic Violence Data Collection Project: Key Findings From Standardized Intake Form Pilot

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Date Published
August 2005
13 pages
This report presents preliminary findings from analyses of two Wyoming pilot programs that tested the use of a new standardized domestic violence intake form designed to collect key data for both domestic-violence program management and reporting.
Data from 33 intake forms completed during the 1-month pilot period showed that 90 percent of the victims of domestic violence were women, and 94 percent of the offenders were men. Fifty-six percent of victims and 46 percent of offenders were employed, and 38 percent of victims and 40 percent of offenders were unemployed at the time of the abuse. Ten percent of the victims and offenders reported having a disability. The most common marital status of victims and offenders was "single," and 15 percent of the victims and 14 percent of the offenders reported being currently married; 18 percent of both victims and offenders were divorced. Eighty-four percent of victims were White, and 13 percent were Hispanic or Latina; 64 percent of offenders were White. Seventeen percent of victims and 4 percent of offenders reported being graduates of a college or vocational/technical school. Sixty-seven percent of victims reported making less than $10,000 per year; 70 percent of offenders made $50,000 or more a year. Both "rural" and "mental health" were often mentioned as special needs for both victims and offenders. Victims mentioned substance abuse as the most common need of offenders. Seventy-nine percent of the victims reported emotional abuse, followed by physical abuse (67 percent) and sexual abuse (9 percent). Twenty-seven percent of victims reported that their abusers had been abused as a child, and another 9 percent indicated that their abusers had been abused as an adult. Other data recorded offenders' criminal history, victims' number of children, incident location, substance abuse at the time of the abuse (both victim and offender), police disposition, weapons used, and types of injuries. 23 figures