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

Number of Service Contacts

Adult Therapy/Support Group



Advocacy/Support Services



Civil and Legal Services & Protection Orders



Criminal Legal Services



Emergency Response



Financial Support



Multicultural Services



Phone Services



Youth & Parent Therapy/Support Group



Colorado Statistics
  • On September 10, 2014, 35 out of 45 (78%) identified local domestic violence programs in Colorado participated in the 2014 National Census of Domestic Violence Services. The following figures represent the information reported by the 35 participating programs about services provided during the 24-hour survey period.
  • 509 domestic violence victims (271 children and 238 adults) found refuge in emergency shelters or transitional housing provided by local domestic violence programs.  
  • 395 adults and children received non-residential assistance and services, including counseling, legal advocacy, and children’s support groups.

“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 in 7 men in the United States are victims of Domestic Violence. 
  • 85% of domestic violence victims are women.
  • Historically, females have been most often victimized by someone they knew.
  • Females who are 20-24 years of age are at the greatest risk of nonfatal intimate partner violence.
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
November is Homelessness Awareness Month


Everyone deserves a safe place to call home....

Domestic violence is a primary cause of homelessness for women and children. A staggering 92 percent of women who are homeless report having experienced severe physical and/or sexual assault at some point in their lives. Approximately 50 percent of all women who are homeless report that domestic violence was the immediate cause of their homelessness. Still other studies suggest that many women experiencing homelessness are survivors of domestic violence, even if it's not the cause of their homelessness. Domestic violence survivors are routinely met with discrimination when finding new housing; a lack of affordable housing and housing assistance further limits their options. 

International Statistics
  • Worldwide, 40-70% of all female murder victims are killed by an intimate partner.
  • Statistics on the prevalence of the problem indicate that domestic violence is a worldwide epidemic.
  • Studies show that between 25% and 50% of all women in the world have been abused by intimate partners.
  • One in every three women in the world has experienced sexual, physical, emotional or other abuse in her lifetime.
  • 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.
  • 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