Demographics Of Domestic Violence In Colorado — 2002

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The fiscal year 2002 statistics for the Colorado courts for domestic violence charges, with associated mandatory restraining orders, are given in their Table 31, with a total of 15,414, and civil restraining orders are tabulated in their Table 29, totalling 13,615, for a combined total of 29,029, up 1,337 (5%) from the previous year. 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 45.


 
    Table 45: Number restraining orders, domestic violence cases, and divorce rate in the State of Colorado in fiscal 2002 (July 1, 2001 to June 30, 2002) by judicial district and county.

Judicial district

Colorado Counties

2002

Census

Restraining

orders (DA) 1

Domestic

violence 2

Restraining

orders % 3

Percent of

population

Orders per

10,000 people

Divorces

per 10,000 4

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

First

Gilpin and Jefferson

536,616

total

1,489

(942)

1,275

9.5%

13.6%

44

43

44

51

52

59

Second

Denver (not included in totals)

560,415

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

57

Third

Huerfano and Las Animas

23,286

total

168

(37)

107

1.0%

0.6%

82

124

127

119

118

67

Fourth

El Paso and Teller

565,404

total

2,519

(1,733)

3,364

20.3%

14.3%

140

114

107

103

104

70

Fifth

Clear Creek, Eagle, Lake, Summit

87,203

total

159

(24)

421

2.0%

2.2%

27

75

66

68

67

41

Sixth

Archuleta, La Plata, and San Juan

57,232

total

230

(88)

223

1.6%

1.5%

56

83

86

98

79

57

Seventh

Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale,

Montrose, Ouray, and San Miguel

90,242

total

556

(303)

326

3.0%

2.3%

108

89

95

97

98

70

Eighth

Jackson and Larimer

266,135

total

598

(314)

1,132

6.0%

6.7%

42

38

42

57

65

55

Ninth

Garfield, Pitkin, and Rio Blanco

68,285

total

192

(77)

419

2.1%

1.7%

68

76

78

85

90

68

Tenth

Pueblo

146,880

827

(455)

932

6.1%

3.7%

56

92

121

127

120

56

Eleventh

Chaffee, Custer, Fremont, and Park

83,897

total

256

(139)

295

1.9%

2.1%

51

82

69

77

66

59

Twelfth

Alamosa, Conejos, Costilla,

Mineral, Rio Grande, Saguache

46,715

total

229

(24)

237

1.6%

1.2%

80

113

131

104

100

60

Thirteenth

Kit Carson, Logan, Morgan, Phillips,

Sedgwick, Washington, Yuma

78,593

total

300

(131)

287

2.0%

2.0%

61

61

64

62

75

60

Fourteenth

Grand, Moffat, and Routt

46,759

total

81

(23)

237

1.1%

1.2%

44

45

45

62

68

58

Fifteenth

Baca, Cheyenne, Kiowa, Prowers

22,255

total

72

(48)

111

0.6%

0.6%

84

80

79

77

82

64

Sixteenth

Bent, Crowley, and Otero

30,960

total

228

(86)

293

1.8%

0.8%

93

131

136

163

168

63

Seventeenth

Adams and Broomfield

414,922

total

1,376

(822)

1,346

9.4%

10.5%

53

67

62

65

66

52

Eighteenth

Arapahoe, Douglas, Elbert, Lincoln

749,091

total

2,693

(1,473)

1,727

15.2%

19.0%

N/A

46

49

52

59

55

Nineteenth

Weld

205,014

736

(419)

1,214

6.7%

5.2%

97

88

101

90

95

47

Twentieth

Boulder

279,197

467

(204)

758

4.2%

7.1%

25

48

51

47

44

57

Twenty first

Mesa

121,419

268

(144)

610

3.0%

3.1%

75

62

69

74

72

79

Twenty second

Dolores and Montezuma

26,022

total

147

(27)

100

0.9%

0.7%

54

55

65

87

95

72

Totals (minus Denver)

3,946,127

13,615

(7,513)

15,414

 

Av 62

M 67

SD28

Av 67

M 77

SD27

Av 69

M 80

SD30

Av 72

M 84

SD29

Av

74

M 85

SD28

Av 59

M 60

SD 9

County populations: U.S. Census Bureau

Restraining orders and divorces: Colorado State Court Tables 16, 29, & 31

Notes:

1. Prior to fiscal 2002 the courts lumped all civil restraining orders together. The 2002 statistics separate civil and domestic abuse (DA) orders. For consistency with prior years both the total number and (domestic abuse) restraining orders are given. Again for consistency, the total number of civil restraining orders plus domestic violence cases is used to calculate percentages and per capita values. Where domestic abuse orders exceed 50% the values are shown in (bold).

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

3. Average is from the sum of civil and criminal restraining orders (29,029)

divided by the state population minus Denver City and County.

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

Av —Statewide average

M —Mean of judicial districts

SD — Standard deviation of

judicial districts

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In 2002, for the first time, the State Court Administrator has broken the number of restraining orders issued into the separate categories of (a) domestic abuse and (b) all others. The number of restraining orders issued in each judicial district are shown in parentheses (number of domestic abuse orders) in Table 45. The values for judicial districts where more than half the restraining orders are for domestic abuse are shown in (bold). However, for consistency with data from previous years, it is necessary to use the total number of restraining orders for each judicial district and accept the inherent bias.

The average number of restraining orders per 10,000 citizens continues to increase over time, from 62 in 1998, to 67 in 1999, to 69 in 2000, to 72 in 2001 to 74 in 2002 (Table 45). This five year trend does not suggest the domestic violence problem is being solved or deterred by current law and practice.

The mean number of restraining orders for 2002 is 85 per 10,000 residents for twenty-one of the twenty-two Colorado judicial districts, with a standard deviation of 28 (Table 45).

A simple test of equity is the percentage of restraining orders issued in a judicial district versus the percentage of the population residing in that district. If uniform standards were being applied the percent of population would roughly equal the percent of restraining orders issued in that district. Any variance should diminish as the sample size increases. Thus large judicial districts like the Fourth, Seventeenth, Eighteenth, and Twentieth will show smaller differences than small districts like the Third, Fifteenth, Sixteenth, and Twenty Second.

Allowing for differences in the populations of the judicial districts we still find in Table 45 that every year the Fourth Judicial District issues an exceptionally high number of restraining orders relative to its percentage of the state population.

Although small districts, the Third, Twelfth, and Sixteenth judicial districts have consistently issued a much greater percentage of restraining orders than their populations would suggest.

While a much larger judicial district, the Nineteenth also falls into this category. So these five judicial districts fail this simple test of equity.

In terms of the rate of restraining orders, the Third, Fourth, Tenth, and Sixteenth judicial districts continue to lead the state for the year 2002 with 118, 104, 120, and 168 restraining orders per 10,000 citizens respectively (Table 45). For 2002 the Twelfth Judicial District dropped slightly from 104 to 100 restraining orders per 10,000 citizens but remains in the top five highest for the state.


 

Comparison of domestic violence and abuse with other misdemeanors in 2002

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Table 46 is a continuing attempt to see where and whether restraining orders and domestic violence correlate with other societal problems. The implicit assumption in Table 46, as in previous years, 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 46: Selected misdemeanor filings in the Colorado courts for fiscal year 2002. Number of filings per 10,000 citizens.

Judicial district

Colorado Counties

2002

Census

Domestic

Violence

Underage

Alcohol

Offenses

Drugs

Offense

Against

Persons

Offense

Against

Property

Fraud

First

Gilpin and Jefferson

536,616

total

24

15

11

15

9

4

Second

Denver (not included in totals)

560,415

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Third

Huerfano and Las Animas

23,286

total

46

105

50

62

48

12

Fourth

El Paso and Teller

565,404

total

60

24

25

23

11

3

Fifth

Clear Creek, Eagle, Lake, Summit

87,203

total

48

40

28

38

28

9

Sixth

Archuleta, La Plata, San Juan

57,232

total

39

13

42

25

8

2

Seventh

Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale,

Montrose, Ouray, San Miguel

90,242

total

57

21

34

23

11

10

Eighth

Jackson and Larimer

266,135

total

43

44

32

27

18

1

Ninth

Garfield, Pitkin, Rio Blanco

68,285

total

61

50

25

35

19

1

Tenth

Pueblo

146,880

64

25

7

24

11

1

Eleventh

Chaffee, Custer, Fremont, Park

83,897

total

35

25

25

29

13

25

Twelfth

Alamosa, Conejos, Costilla,

Mineral, Rio Grande, Saguache

46,715

total

51

35

36

55

23

103

Thirteenth

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

78,593

total

37

32

29

27

12

11

Fourteenth

Grand, Moffat, and Routt

46,759

total

51

75

65

40

20

7

Fifteenth

Baca, Cheyenne, Kiowa, Prowers

22,255

total

50

50

38

24

20

55

Sixteenth

Bent, Crowley, and Otero

30,960

total

95

87

26

47

28

3

Seventeenth

Adams and Broomfield

414,922

total

32

10

6

11

5

0

Eighteenth

Arapahoe, Douglas, Elbert, Lincoln

749,091

total

23

26

11

13

12

0

Nineteenth

Weld

205,014

59

16

14

17

10

8

Twentieth

Boulder

279,197

27

71

20

27

25

1

Twenty first

Mesa

121,419

50

53

52

29

19

1

Twenty second

Dolores and Montezuma

26,022

total

38

46

20

29

11

11

Statewide average (minus Denver)

Mean of 21 judicial districts

Std. deviation of 21 judicial districts

39

47

16

30

41

26

19

26

14

21

30

13

13

17

10

5

13

24

County populations: U.S. Census Bureau

Misdemeanors: Colorado State Court Table 31

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