According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), the most common type of domestic violence is simple assault, which made up for 77.2% of the domestic violence offenses in 1995. Of those simple assault offenses, 75.9% of the victims were female while 24.1% were male. (Source: http://www.fdle.state.fl.us/FSAC/Publications/SACNotes/domestic_violence_94-95.asp)
Domestic Violence Widespread?
*Cases Not Applicable=7
More than 9 of every 10 Floridians (91.5%) believe that domestic violence is a widespread problem in our society.
|Percentage of Men Who Have Abused Wives or Girlfriends||Respondents|
|*Cases Not Applicable=99|
On average, people believe that 38.6% of men have ever physically abused their wives or girlfriends. Women are more likely to believe men abused their wives or girlfriends (42.5%) then men (32.9%).
The average citizen believes that domestic violence, as defined for the purpose of this survey, has occurred in 41.3% of households in Florida. Women are more likely to believe that it occurred in the households (46.0%) then men (34.6%).
| 10 Year
|Increased a lot||219||
|Increased a little||133||
|Stayed about the same||69||
|Decreased a little||23||
|Decreased a lot||4||
|*Cases Not Applicable=54|
The majority of respondents (78.6%) believe that over the past 10 years, the number of incidents of domestic violence in Florida has increased. Only 6.0% believe domestic violence has decreased over the past 10 years. Women felt that it has increased more (84.3%) then men (70.2%).
|Year||Total||% Change|| Rate per
According to official Domestic Violence crime statistics the public's perception is correct in that domestic violence crime has increased by 9.0%. Statistics from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), from 1992 to 1998, show the domestic violence crime totals increased from 109,449 (815.3 per 100,000 population) to 133,345 (888.9 per 100,000 population).
The Florida's Task Force on Domestic and Sexual Violence found that only about one-seventh of all domestic assaults come to the attention of the police (Florida Governor's Task Force on Domestic and Sexual Violence, Florida Mortality Re-view Project, 1997, p.3).