Domestic violence is a serious problem around the world. It violates the fundamental human rights of women and often results in serious injury or death.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         World Health Organization                                                                     
 Alternative Horizons Statistics

From January – December of 2014, Alternative Horizons provided comprehensive support and advocacy services to 680 unduplicated victims of domestic violence and their children.  The following table categorizes the services provided and the number of clients in each category, as well as the total service contacts.  Victims are duplicated in the various service categories, as most victims receive more than one type of service from AH staff and volunteers.

Service Category

Number of Clients Served

Number of Service Contacts

Adult Therapy/ Support Group



Advocacy/Support Services



Civil Legal Services & Civil Protection Orders



Criminal Legal Services



Emergency Response



Financial Support



Multicultural Services



Phone Services



Youth & Parent Therapy/Support Group




Colorado Statistics
  • On September 17, 2013, 36 out of 45 (80%), of identified local domestic violence programs in Colorado participated in the 2013
    National Census of Domestic Violence Services. The following figures represent the information reported by the 36 participating
    programs about services provided during the 24-hour survey period. 
  • In one day, 978 Victims were served, 517 domestic violence victims (262 children and 255 adults) foundrefuge in emergency shelters or transitional housing provided by local domestic violence programs.
    461 adults and children received non-residential assistance and
    services, including counseling, legal advocacy, and children’s
    support groups.
  • 361 Hotline Calls Answered Domestic violence hotlines are a lifeline for victims in danger,providing support, information, safety planning, and resources. In the 24-hour survey period, local and state hotlines answered 361 calls, averaging more than 15 hotline calls every hour.
  • 625 Educated in Prevention and Education Trainings. On the survey day, 625 individuals in communities across the United States attended 32 training sessions provided by local domestic violence programs, gaining much needed information on domestic violence prevention and early intervention.
  • 205 Unmet Requests for Services in One Day, of Which 76%
    (155) Were for Housing Victims made more than 200 requests for services, including emergency shelter, transitional housing, and nonresidential services, that could not be provided because programs did not have the resources to provide these services. The most
    frequently requested non-residential services that couldn’t be provided were housing advocacy, legal representation, and financial assistance.
National Network to End Domestic Violence 
Census Report 2013



“One thing we do know about domestic violence is that it is passed down from generation to generation. It is learned behavior.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                     Lester Aradi, Chief of Police Largo, Florida



National Statistics


1.   One in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime.

2.   An estimated 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner each year.

3.   85% of domestic violence victims are women.

4.   Historically, females have been most often victimized by someone they knew.

5.   Females who are 20-24 years of age are at the greatest risk of nonfatal intimate partner violence.

6.   Most cases of domestic violence are never reported to the police.

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

To be a survivor–first you must bleed. You bleed all that was inside of you: the pain, the memories, the fear, the wounds fusing together, the ties to what was in, all its forms. You bleed not once but several times... And when you are empty, you either fade into a shadow or find the strength, and courage to live. When you stand up again, you are for a time, hollow–empty, like a bottle of beer lying on the street, cracked and reeking of its bitter contents. Then you fill yourself up with the new, your recreate yourself–you reform. You don’t have the same heart or mind. The way you see the world is forever changed.           
                                                                                                                                                     Written by Lynn Mari
International Statistics

1.    Worldwide, 40-70% of all female murder victims are killed by an intimate partner.

2.    Statistics on the prevalence of the problem indicate that domestic violence is a worldwide epidemic.

3.    Studies show that between 25% and 50% of all women in the world have been abused by intimate partners.

4.    According to the one in every three women in the world has experienced sexual, physical, emotional or other abuse in her lifetime.

5.    In forty-eight surveys from around the world, 10-69% of women stated that they had been physically assaulted by an intimate partner at some point in their lives.

6.    The WHO also reports that studies from a range of countries show that 40-70% of female murder victims were killed by an intimate partner. A 1997 UNICEF publication reports that between a quarter and one half of women around the world have suffered violence at the hands of an intimate partner.

                                                                                                       World Health Organization