Demographics Of Domestic Violence In Colorado — 2000

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Fiscal year 2000 statistics for the Colorado courts for domestic violence charges, with associated mandatory restraining orders, are given in Table 32, with a total of 13,929, and civil restraining orders are tabulated in Table 30, totalling 11,951, for a combined total of 25,880 such orders. These tables are compiled by the State Court Administrator's Office and are available from the Colorado State Court web site and are combined and presented here in Table 41.


 
    Table 41: Number of restraining orders, domestic violence cases, and divorce rate in the State of Colorado for fiscal year 2000 by judicial district and county.

Judicial district

Colorado Counties

2000

Census

Population

(Households)

Restraining

orders

Domestic

violence 1

Restraining

orders % 3

Percent of

population

Orders per

10,000 people

Divorces

per 10,000 4

CO

Courts

NCVS

Est. 2

1998

1999

2000

First

Gilpin and Jefferson

531,813

(208,110)

1,483

total

859

total

1,040

9.1%

14.2%

44

43

44

62

Second

Denver (not included in totals)

554,636

(239,235)

N/A

N/A

1,200

N/A

12.9%

N/A

N/A

N/A

58

Third

Huerfano and Las Animas

23,069

(9,255)

175

total

119

50

1.1%

0.6%

82

124

127

72

Fourth

El Paso and Teller

537,484

(200,402)

2,243

total

3,529

total

1,000

22.3%

14.3%

140

114

107

75

Fifth

Clear Creek, Eagle, Lake, Summit

82,341

(31,264)

175

total

368

total

160

2.1%

2.2%

27

75

66

44

Sixth

Archuleta, La Plata, and San Juan

54,397

(21,591)

216

total

252

total

110

1.8%

1.5%

56

83

86

66

Seventh

Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale,

Montrose, Ouray, and San Miguel

86,348

(34,700)

518

total

305

total

170

3.2%

2.3%

108

89

95

70

Eighth

Jackson and Larimer

253,071

(97,825)

510

total

544

total

500

4.1%

6.8%

42

38

42

53

Ninth

Garfield, Pitkin, and Rio Blanco

64,649

(25,342)

198

total

305

total

130

1.9%

1.7%

68

76

78

63

Tenth

Pueblo

141,472

(54,579)

760

944

270

6.6%

3.8%

56

92

121

61

Eleventh

Chaffee, Custer, Fremont, Park

80,413

(29,190)

257

total

297

total

150

2.1%

2.1%

51

82

69

58

Twelfth

Alamosa, Conejos, Costilla,

Mineral, Rio Grande, Saguache

46,190

(17,328)

298

total

309

total

90

2.4%

1.2%

80

113

131

70

Thirteenth

Kit Carson, Logan, Morgan, Phillips, Sedgwick, Washington,

Yuma

77,680

(28,815)

248

total

249

total

140

1.9%

2.1%

61

61

64

55

Fourteenth

Grand, Moffat, and Routt

45,316

(18,011)

89

total

115

total

90

0.8%

1.2%

44

45

45

58

Fifteenth

Baca, Cheyenne, Kiowa, Prowers

22,853

(8,757)

69

total

111

total

40

0.7%

0.6%

84

80

79

64

Sixteenth

Bent, Crowley, and Otero

31,827

(11,281)

174

total

260

total

60

1.7%

0.9%

93

131

136

74

Seventeenth

Adams

363,857

(128,156)

1,032

1,190

640

8.6%

9.7%

53

67

62

57

Eighteenth

Arapahoe, Douglas, Elbert, Lincoln

689,692

(259,971)

2,108

total

1,279

total

1,300

13.1%

18.4%

N/A

46

49

58

Nineteenth

Weld

180,936

(63,247)

611

1,214

320

7.1%

4.8%

97

88

101

56

Twentieth

Boulder

291,288

(114,680)

504

992

570

5.8%

7.8%

25

48

51

55

Twenty first

Mesa

116,255

(45,823)

205

600

230

3.1%

3.1%

75

62

69

84

Twenty second

Dolores and Montezuma

25,674

(9,986)

78

total

88

total

50

0.6%

0.7%

54

55

65

68

Totals (minus Denver)

3,746,625

(1,658,238)

11,951

13,929

8,290

 

Av 62

M 67

SD28

Av 67

M 77

SD27

Av 69

M 80

SD30

Av 62

M 63

SD 9

County populations: U.S. Census Bureau

Restraining orders and divorces: Colorado State Court Tables 16, 30, & 32

Notes:

1. A restraining order is mandated by law C.R.S. § 18-1-1001.

2. The National Crime Victim Survey (NCVS) estimate is based on Dugan's (2003) finding that 0.5% of households suffer an incident of criminal domestic violence in a given year. For the 1,658,238 households in Colorado the NCVS data suggests there should be ~8,300 criminal DV incidents in the state. CBI data indicate 7,653 incidents reported to police (Table 74).

3. Average is from the sum of civil and criminal restraining orders (25,880)divided by the state population minus Denver City and County. Note that all civil restraining orders are included.

4. Divorces includes all dissolutions, legal separations, and invalid marriage.

Av —Statewide average

M —Mean of judicial districts

SD — Std. deviation of

judicial districts

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Not including Denver, the average number of restraining orders for 2000 is 69 per 10,000 Colorado residents, with a standard deviation of 30 (Table 41).

The 2000 Census found 1,658,238 households in Colorado. Using Gaquin's (1977-78) value of 0.22% as a low-end estimate of households that suffer an incident of criminal domestic violence in a given year would suggest only 3,650 incidents in 2000. Dugan's (2003, p. 299) more contemporary, and larger sample, value of 0.5% suggests 8,300 reported and unreported incidents of criminal domestic violence in Colorado in 2000. Estimates of reported and unreported criminal domestic violence based on Dugan's value are in good agreement with the 7,653 incidents of domestic violence reported by police agencies to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in fiscal year 2000.

For comparison, an estimate of DV incidents based on the NCVS data is broken out in Table 41 for each judicial district. As the police data correlate with the NCVS estimate, citizens have every right to expect that court data should correlate with both the police data and the NCVS estimates. They do not.

As the NCVS estimate includes both reported and unreported cases of criminal domestic violence based on statements from the victims, the NCVS data should be somewhat higher than the number of police incidents. Similarly, not every criminal case brought forward by the police can be successfully prosecuted. The number of court cases should then be smaller than both the NCVS estimate and the number of police incidents. Clearly that is not the case as documented in Table 41 and Table 82 through 2010.

In terms of the rate of restraining orders, the Third , Twelfth, and Sixteenth judicial districts lead the state with 127, 131, and 136 restraining orders per 10,000 citizens, respectively, for the year 2000.

Again for the year 2000, the Fourth Judicial District (El Paso and Teller counties) is far ahead of the rest with 3,529 domestic violence cases though the restraining order rate has dropped to 107 per 10,000 residents. For 2000 this amounts to 22.3% of all restraining orders issued in Colorado but only 14.3% of the sampled population lives in that judicial district (Table 41).


 

Comparison of domestic violence and abuse with other misdemeanors in 2000

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Table 42 is a continuing attempt to see where restraining orders and domestic violence correlate with other societal problems. Again, the implicit assumption underlying Table 42 is that domestic violence is associated with other social problems such as alcoholism, drug use, etc. For example, underage alcohol abuse and drug use would be associated with abusive or broken homes, and that Joe Six Pack likely gets into other kinds of trouble, e.g., bar brawls, for which he is arrested as well .


 
    Table 42: Selected misdemeanor filings in the Colorado courts for 2000. Number of filings per 10,000 citizens.

Judicial district

Colorado Counties

2000

Census

Domestic

Violence

Underage

Alcohol

Offenses

Drug

Offense

Against

Person

Offense

Against

Property

Fraud

First

Gilpin and Jefferson

531,813

total

16

15

10

15

8

2

Second

Denver

554,636

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Third

Huerfano and Las Animas

23,069

total

52

166

27

72

48

3

Fourth

El Paso and Teller

537,484

total

66

30

34

25

14

7

Fifth

Clear Creek, Eagle, Lake, Summit

82,341

total

45

65

49

30

25

4

Sixth

Archuleta, La Plata, San Juan

54,397

total

46

29

34

26

11

0

Seventh

Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale,

Montrose, Ouray, San Miguel

86,348

total

35

49

43

22

12

5

Eighth

Jackson and Larimer

253,071

total

22

63

30

38

17

0

Ninth

Garfield, Pitkin, Rio Blanco

64,649

total

47

61

31

27

20

1

Tenth

Pueblo

141,472

67

31

12

24

13

13

Eleventh

Chaffee, Custer, Fremont, Park

80,413

total

37

47

24

28

12

18

Twelfth

Alamosa, Conejos, Costilla,

Mineral, Rio Grande, Saguache

46,190

total

67

72

42

39

26

43

Thirteenth

Kit Carson, Logan, Morgan, Phillips, Sedgwick, Washington, and Yuma

77,680

total

32

36

31

19

11

15

Fourteenth

Grand, Moffat, and Routt

45,316

total

25

86

63

48

21

11

Fifteenth

Baca, Cheyenne, Kiowa, Prowers

22,853

total

49

113

32

20

24

50

Sixteenth

Bent, Crowley, and Otero

31,827

total

82

83

32

59

28

0

Seventeenth

Adams

363,857

33

6

10

13

4

N/A

Eighteenth

Arapahoe, Douglas, Elbert, Lincoln

689,692

total

19

31

17

11

9

0

Nineteenth

Weld

180,936

67

35

15

24

14

5

Twentieth

Boulder

291,288

34

49

22

21

25

1

Twenty first

Mesa

116,255

52

46

53

24

21

1

Twenty second

Dolores and Montezuma

25,674

total

34

42

18

28

16

14

Statewide average (minus Denver)

Mean of judicial districts

Std. deviation of judicial districts

Av. 37

M 44

SD 18

Av. 35

M 55

SD 36

Av. 23

M 30

SD 14

Av. 21

M 29

SD 15

Av. 13

M 18

SD 10

Av. 4

M 10

SD 14

County populations: U.S. Census Bureau

Misdemeanors: Colorado State Court Table 32


 

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