Demographics Of Domestic Violence In Colorado — 2003

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The fiscal year 2003 statistics for the Colorado courts for domestic violence charges, with associated mandatory restraining orders, are given in their Table 31, with a total of 16,159, and civil restraining orders are tabulated in their Table 29, totalling 14,972 (8,287 of these orders are for domestic abuse), for a combined total of 31,131, up 2,102 (7%) 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 47.


 
    Table 47: Number restraining orders, domestic violence cases, and divorce rate in the State of Colorado in fiscal 2003 (July 1, 2002 to June 30, 2003) by judicial district and county.

Judicial district

Colorado Counties

2003

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

2003

First

Gilpin and Jefferson

533,408

total

1,525

(1,008)

1,354

9.3%

13.4%

44

43

44

51

52

54

56

Second

Denver (not included in totals)

557,478

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

56

Third

Huerfano and Las Animas

23,326

total

190

(49)

127

1.0%

0.6%

82

124

127

119

118

136

70

Fourth

El Paso and Teller

572,264

total

3,075

(2,014)

3,493

21.1%

14.3%

140

114

107

103

104

115

64

Fifth

Clear Creek, Eagle, Lake, Summit

88,432

total

237

(15)

412

2.1%

2.2%

27

75

66

68

67

73

44

Sixth

Archuleta, La Plata, and San Juan

58,114

total

243

(84)

265

1.6%

1.5%

56

83

86

98

79

87

59

Seventh

Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale,

Montrose, Ouray,

and San Miguel

91,373

total

621

(351)

345

3.1%

2.3%

108

89

95

97

98

106

66

Eighth

Jackson and Larimer

268,117

total

764

(354)

1,232

6.4%

6.7%

42

38

42

57

65

74

53

Ninth

Garfield, Pitkin, and Rio Blanco

68,551

total

209

(88)

347

1.8%

1.7%

68

76

78

85

90

81

70

Tenth

Pueblo

148,751

1,086

(574)

944

6.5%

3.7%

56

92

121

127

120

137

52

Eleventh

Chaffee, Custer, Fremont,

and Park

84,646

total

353

(143)

305

2.1%

2.1%

51

82

69

77

66

78

61

Twelfth

Alamosa, Conejos, Costilla,

Mineral, Rio Grande,

and Saguache

47,027

total

216

(41)

280

1.6%

1.2%

80

113

131

104

100

106

65

Thirteenth

Kit Carson, Logan, Morgan,

Phillips, Sedgwick,

Washington, and Yuma

78,567

total

250

(97)

244

1.6%

2.0%

61

61

64

62

75

63

54

Fourteenth

Grand, Moffat, and Routt

47,486

total

128

(95)

258

1.2%

1.2%

44

45

45

62

68

81

63

Fifteenth

Baca, Cheyenne, Kiowa, Prowers

21,883

total

76

(48)

89

0.5%

0.6%

84

80

79

77

82

75

59

Sixteenth

Bent, Crowley, and Otero

30,816

total

227

(81)

245

1.5%

0.8%

93

131

136

163

168

153

72

Seventeenth

Adams and Broomfield

422,442

total

1,286

(783)

1,480

8.9%

10.6%

53

67

62

65

66

65

50

Eighteenth

Arapahoe, Douglas, Elbert, Lincoln

767,666

total

2,771

(1,671)

1,864

14.9%

19.2%

N/A

46

49

52

59

60

51

Nineteenth

Weld

211,272

810

(360)

1,198

6.5%

5.3%

97

88

101

90

95

95

50

Twentieth

Boulder

278,231

510

(260)

912

4.6%

7.0%

25

48

51

47

44

51

46

Twenty first

Mesa

124,676

261

(129)

674

3.0%

3.1%

75

62

69

74

72

75

78

Twenty second

Dolores and Montezuma

26,160

total

134

(42)

91

0.7%

0.7%

54

55

65

87

95

86

67

Totals (minus Denver)

3,993,210

14,972

(8,287)

16,159

 

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 78

M 88

SD28

Av 56

M 59

SD 9

County populations: U.S. Census Bureau

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

Notes:

1. Prior to fiscal 2002 the courts lumped all civil restraining orders together. Statistics for 2002 and subsequent years 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 (31,131)

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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From 2002 on 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 47. 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.

As shown in Table 47 and Table 81, the per capita number of restraining orders continues to increase over time, from 62 in 1998 to 78 in 2003, a 26% increase in just six years. This trend does not suggest the domestic violence problem is being solved, or offenders deterred, by current law and practice.

The mean number of restraining orders for twenty-one of the twenty-two Colorado judicial districts for 2003 is 88 per 10,000 residents, with a standard deviation of 28 (Table 47).

In terms of the rate of restraining orders, the Third, Fourth, Tenth, Twelfth, and Sixteenth judicial districts again lead the state for the year 2003 with 136, 115, 137, 106, and 153 restraining orders per 10,000 citizens respectively (Table 47). May god have pity on children and families in these draconian districts.


 

Percent of restraining orders versus percent of population in 2003

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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 should show smaller variances 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 47 that again in 2003 the Fourth Judicial District has issued an exceptionally high number of restraining orders (21.1% of total) relative to its percentage of the state population (14.3%) sampled.

Although small districts, the Third (1% of orders, 0.6% of population) and Sixteenth (1.5% of orders, 0.8% of population) judicial districts consistently issue a much greater percentage of restraining orders than their populations would suggest.

While larger judicial districts, the Tenth (6.5% of orders, 3.7% of population) and the Nineteenth (6.5% of orders, 5.3% of population) also fall into this category.

These five judicial districts fail this simple test of equity.


 

Comparison of domestic violence and abuse with other misdemeanors in 2003

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Table 48 is a continuing attempt, for six years now, to see where and whether restraining orders and domestic violence correlate with other societal problems. The implicit assumption in Table 48, 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 48: Selected misdemeanor filings in the Colorado courts for fiscal year 2003. Number of filings per 10,000 citizens.

Judicial district

Colorado Counties

2003

Census

Domestic

Violence

Underage

Alcohol

Offenses

Drugs

Offense

Against

Persons 1

Offense

Against

Property 2

Fraud

First

Gilpin and Jefferson

533,408

total

25

16

15

15

9

1

Second

Denver (not included in totals)

557,478

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Third

Huerfano and Las Animas

23,326

total

54

99

39

48

33

2

Fourth

El Paso and Teller

572,264

total

61

29

24

22

13

2

Fifth

Clear Creek, Eagle, Lake, Summit

88,432

total

47

35

35

33

22

3

Sixth

Archuleta, La Plata, San Juan

58,114

total

46

16

42

21

9

1

Seventh

Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale,

Montrose, Ouray, San Miguel

91,373

total

38

36

28

30

11

7

Eighth

Jackson and Larimer

268,117

total

46

38

29

23

18

1

Ninth

Garfield, Pitkin, Rio Blanco

68,551

total

51

52

19

36

17

0

Tenth

Pueblo

148,751

63

22

9

30

17

0

Eleventh

Chaffee, Custer, Fremont, Park

84,646

total

36

24

28

30

13

18

Twelfth

Alamosa, Conejos, Costilla,

Mineral, Rio Grande, Saguache

47,027

total

60

39

33

49

23

95

Thirteenth

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

78,567

total

31

26

23

35

6

4

Fourteenth

Grand, Moffat, and Routt

47,486

total

54

67

64

32

21

9

Fifteenth

Baca, Cheyenne, Kiowa, Prowers

21,883

total

41

49

41

21

12

26

Sixteenth

Bent, Crowley, and Otero

30,816

total

80

70

15

53

27

3

Seventeenth

Adams and Broomfield

422,442

total

35

8

7

12

8

0

Eighteenth

Arapahoe, Douglas, Elbert, Lincoln

767,666

total

24

23

10

13

12

0

Nineteenth

Weld

211,272

57

16

12

21

12

4

Twentieth

Boulder

278,231

33

59

24

23

25

0

Twenty first

Mesa

124,676

54

67

55

29

22

2

Twenty second

Dolores and Montezuma

26,160

total

35

33

24

35

14

5

Statewide average (minus Denver)

Mean of 21 judicial districts

Std. deviation of 21 judicial districts

40

46

14

29

39

23

20

27

15

21

29

11

14

16

7

3

9

21

County populations: U.S. Census Bureau

Misdemeanors: Colorado State Court Table 31.

Notes:

1. Offenses against persons includes the crimes of assault, child abuse, forgery, harassment, and menacing.

2. Offenses against property includes the crimes of arson, criminal mischief, and theft.

3. Values that differ from the state average for a given offense by one standard deviation or more are shown in bold.

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