Demographics Of Domestic Violence In Colorado — 1998

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The earliest statewide demographic data regarding restraining orders presently available is for the year 1998.

Table 38 shows the number of those orders issued in Colorado by judicial district and county versus the population in each district except Denver (2 nd Judicial District), with a total for the rest of the state of 21,475 such orders in 1998.


 
    Table 38: Number of temporary and permanent restraining orders issued in the State of Colorado during fiscal 1998 by judicial district and county.

Judicial district

Colorado Counties

1998 Census

Estimate

Restraining

orders

Percent of

restraining

orders

Percent of

population

Orders per

10,000 citizens

First

Gilpin and Jefferson

504,986

total

2,231

total

10.4%

14.6%

44

Second

Denver (not included in totals)

498,402

145

N/A

N/A

N/A

Third

Huerfano and Las Animas

21,514

total

176

total

0.8%

0.6%

82

Fourth

El Paso and Teller

511,272

total

7,152

total

33.3%

14.7%

140

Fifth

Clear Creek, Eagle, Lake, Summit

67,858

total

180

total

0.8%

2.0%

27

Sixth

Archuleta, La Plata, and San Juan

50,199

total

281

total

1.3%

1.5%

56

Seventh

Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Montrose, Ouray, and San Miguel

79,350

total

857

total

4.0%

2.3%

108

Eighth

Jackson and Larimer

232,625

total

988

total

4.6%

6.7%

42

Ninth

Garfield, Pitkin, and Rio Blanco

58,985

total

402

total

1.9%

1.7%

68

Tenth

Pueblo

134,919

761

3.5%

3.9%

56

Eleventh

Chaffee, Custer, Fremont, and Park

76,240

total

387

total

1.8%

2.2%

51

Twelfth

Alamosa, Conejos, Costilla,

Mineral, Rio Grande, and Saguache

44,394

total

354

total

1.7%

1.3%

80

Thirteenth

Kit Carson, Logan, Morgan, Phillips,

Sedgwick, Washington, and Yuma

71,137

total

433

total

2.0%

2.1%

61

Fourteenth

Grand, Moffat, and Routt

40,153

total

177

total

0.8%

1.2%

44

Fifteenth

Baca, Cheyenne, Kiowa, Prowers

22,000

total

185

total

0.9%

0.6%

84

Sixteenth

Bent, Crowley, and Otero

30,766

total

284

total

1.3%

0.9%

93

Seventeenth

Adams

323,427

1,722

8.0%

9.3%

53

Eighteenth

Arapahoe, Douglas, Elbert, Lincoln

(Aurora Municipal Court N/A)

638,326

total

1,572

total is suspect

7.3%?

18.4%

Suspect

Nineteenth

Weld

159,501

1,550

7.2%

4.6%

97

Twentieth

Boulder

266,671

656

3.1%

7.7%

25

Twenty first

Mesa

112,899

850

4.0%

3.3%

75

Twenty second

Dolores and Montezuma

24,456

total

132

total

0.6%

0.7%

54

Totals (minus Denver)

3,470,565

21,475

Statewide average: 62

Mean of judicial districts: 67

Standard deviation 28

(except Denver and Aurora)

Population: U.S. Census Bureau

Restraining orders: Colorado State Court

Administrator's Office and Denver Post.

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Given an estimated population of 3,470,565 for Colorado (does not include Denver) in 1998, each judicial district (minus Denver) should have issued 62 ±28 (one standard deviation) restraining orders per 10,000 residents if reasonably uniform standards are being applied. Note that such a large standard deviation, in and of itself, suggests that equal protection is not being afforded all citizens of Colorado.

According to the Colorado Legislative Council Staff, 12,166 people were charged with DV in FY1998. 79% of those charged were male, or roughly 9,600 men. Of the people charged with domestic violence in Colorado in FY1998, 4,331 were actually convicted and that appears to be largely because they pled guilty or no contest. We suspect the gender bias for convictions is even stronger than for arrests but do not have sufficient data to make an estimate.

As shown in subsequent sections, these initial results have persisted in following years.

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