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Reports of Domestic Violence


Reports of Domestic Violence

What does this measure?

The rate of reported domestic violence victims per 1,000 residents. Domestic violence includes assaults, sex offenses, and violations of orders of protection among any family members (not just spouses or intimate partners).

Why is this important?

Domestic violence has unique negative effects on victims and families. Domestic violence can cause serious and permanent emotional and psychological damage, which hurts one's quality of life and ability to contribute to society and perform at work.

How is our county doing?

In 2019, there were 3.1 reported victims of domestic violence per 1,000 residents in Essex County, similar to the rate in 2018.

Within Essex County, Haverhill and Salem had the highest rates of reported domestic violence victims in 2019 (around 7), followed by Lynn and Salisbury (5.8 and 5.5 respectively).

How do we compare to similar counties?

At 3.1 reported victims per 1,000 residents, Essex County had a higher rate of reported domestic violence victims than Middlesex (2.3) in 2019. Comparable data for Lake, IL and Westchester, NY was not available.

Notes about the data

As a rule, domestic violence tends to be underreported, causing possible inconsistencies in the data and difficulty in making long-term comparisons. Rates reflect reported victims, not the number of individual incidents. The City of Lawrence does not report comparable data. Comparable data for the nation and other areas were not available.

Reports of Domestic Violence
20002001200220032004200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016201720182019
Essex County, MA0.91.21.31.41.61.91.83.23.13.02.92.93.03.03.63.33.33.13.03.1
Amesbury3.35.65.15.03.54.75.65.34.96.16.06.35.15.83.13.33.43.94.03.2
Beverly0.42.02.73.12.22.72.82.23.13.24.03.53.63.02.82.93.00.20.0
Gloucester1.12.62.31.30.70.30.40.20.30.30.20.20.35.75.55.15.34.94.2
Haverhill3.26.46.37.18.47.46.76.96.77.28.37.96.86.96.97.0
Lynn10.47.45.86.46.47.05.96.87.37.05.85.55.8
Methuen1.40.10.10.00.72.01.40.90.70.40.61.10.30.70.32.8
Newburyport1.90.90.61.71.11.31.41.71.71.63.12.22.32.61.91.71.91.91.8
Peabody2.83.74.54.75.35.04.55.24.55.64.54.64.53.64.73.55.14.54.54.4
Salem1.96.96.95.35.65.65.97.1
Andover1.40.90.11.71.11.71.61.61.31.41.61.81.82.01.51.61.82.21.81.5
Boxford0.40.10.20.10.50.50.10.10.1
Danvers2.53.83.74.84.14.24.54.94.33.62.93.12.72.22.22.22.12.02.42.7
Georgetown0.41.82.21.82.02.03.51.91.92.12.51.6
Groveland2.23.10.51.31.21.21.51.61.82.72.52.31.61.72.31.51.31.00.60.4
Hamilton1.71.11.61.31.00.50.71.81.20.61.71.92.00.72.00.70.30.3
Ipswich0.60.40.20.30.40.10.20.10.10.10.22.52.52.51.9
Lynnfield1.41.01.21.01.21.61.51.72.92.22.02.43.32.22.12.21.51.61.31.2
Manchester0.2
Marblehead1.81.21.52.11.81.71.42.11.62.22.41.61.81.52.42.72.42.51.71.5
Merrimac2.22.51.11.12.21.71.83.21.71.33.53.25.21.62.91.73.02.4
Middleton0.10.10.40.20.50.60.10.40.70.10.80.50.71.21.51.52.01.7
Nahant4.13.01.62.21.74.21.44.22.83.34.44.12.93.83.52.32.34.02.33.4
Newbury2.83.22.31.31.92.13.71.42.63.12.71.34.34.32.93.13.52.4
North Andover0.10.10.20.61.30.60.00.91.31.61.31.51.71.71.81.51.61.41.40.9
Rockport2.21.71.71.21.92.72.01.02.23.31.81.92.82.9
Rowley1.32.01.61.41.61.41.62.11.72.61.42.72.72.02.11.82.13.61.72.2
Salisbury14.916.911.78.99.59.29.99.69.310.912.89.19.98.910.56.87.98.78.35.5
Saugus2.93.52.83.43.22.83.32.94.23.13.84.03.22.83.73.94.14.33.43.6
Swampscott1.00.80.81.51.11.51.31.72.12.32.11.81.10.71.10.90.80.70.70.8
Topsfield0.20.60.20.30.50.6
Wenham0.90.90.91.10.91.90.60.41.41.61.61.40.80.40.40.41.30.6
West Newbury1.71.21.71.40.93.32.62.64.42.33.33.02.31.61.80.71.72.62.1
Middlesex County, MA0.70.70.80.91.21.41.61.92.92.93.02.82.82.62.72.82.62.52.52.3
Massachusetts2.32.72.72.83.33.53.64.04.34.34.54.34.24.04.54.54.44.24.14.1

Source: Massachusetts State Police
Notes: Rates are per 1,000 residents.




Number of Domestic Violence Reports
20002001200220032004200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016201720182019
Essex County, MA6678849571,0201,1311,3521,3292,3742,2562,2132,1732,1822,2662,2882,7342,5802,5802,4112,3342,416
Amesbury549385835877918782101971048597545760697056
Beverly1581107122861071118512312715914014412211511712582
Gloucester338071402210136108559169164151158150128
Haverhill190382377432515453405421416449520494430437441445
Lynn900642505574586639540623673643541519545
Methuen636513290684434212853163317143
Newburyport33151130192324293028543840473530343433
Peabody134182221232264254228269229290228237235186245186269237240233
Salem79294293226240242256307
Andover442825434565254424854606169535662776555
Boxford312144111
Danvers6396931211061081211321169776847360606258576775
Georgetown31618151717301616182214
Groveland13193888101113201615111115109743
Hamilton14913118461595141516616622
Ipswich8524512211335353526
Lynnfield1611141114181719332623283927262819211716
Manchester1
Marblehead3624304335342741324348323631495549523530
Merrimac141677141112211182321351120122117
Middleton11324514617571215152017
Nahant151168615515101215141013128814812
Newbury1922169131425101721189303020222517
North Andover335163617126354336434950544347424429
Rockport17131391319147162413142021
Rowley711989891210158161612131113231114
Salisbury1171349371767582818094106768376916374837953
Saugus779273888473887911486100107867810311011612297103
Swampscott1412122115211823293329251510151311111112
Topsfield141234
Wenham444549327887422273
West Newbury75764141111191014131078381210
Middlesex County, MA9511,0991,1701,3881,7571,9832,2792,7554,3184,4174,5404,2814,2514,1154,1794,3604,1703,9913,9893,656
Massachusetts14,55116,94317,42418,26621,26222,80923,35726,03528,43728,59929,32928,43527,56526,69530,33030,53230,23229,14028,38928,252

Source: Massachusetts State Police




INDICATORS TREND | ESSEX COUNTY
Prevalence of Overweight Adults Not Applicable
Early Prenatal Care by Mother's Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Preterm Births Increasing
Infant Mortality Rate Maintaining
Children with Elevated Blood Lead Levels Decreasing
Children Living in Poverty Increasing
Children Living in Poverty by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Child Abuse and Neglect Increasing
Disengaged Youth Maintaining
Live Births to Teen Mothers Decreasing
Youth Arrests Decreasing
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Establishments Increasing
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Employment Maintaining
Tourism Spending Increasing
Voter Participation Rate Decreasing
Charitable Contributions Maintaining
Protected Land Not Applicable
Days with Good Air Quality Increasing
Beach Contamination Increasing
Daily Water Use per Resident Decreasing
Crimes Against People Decreasing
Crimes Against Property Decreasing
Drug-Related Arrests Maintaining
Reports of Domestic Violence Increasing
Incarceration Rates Decreasing
Recidivism Decreasing
Households Without Vehicles Maintaining
Means of Transportation to Work Not Applicable
Traffic Injuries and Fatalities Maintaining
Households With Internet Access Not Applicable
Change in Total Population Increasing
Change in Population by Age/Gender Not Applicable
People 65 or Older Living Alone Decreasing
People with Disabilities Maintaining
Households by Type Not Applicable
Single-Parent Families by Gender Not Applicable
Single-Parent Families by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Change in Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Foreign-Born Population Increasing
Language Diversity Increasing
Change in Total Jobs Increasing
Change in Jobs by Sector Not Applicable
Change in Average Salary Increasing
Change in Average Salary by Sector Not Applicable
Average Salary by Sector Not Applicable
Median Earnings by Occupation by Gender Not Applicable
People Entering/Leaving County for Work Not Applicable
Employer Size Not Applicable
Self-Employment Revenue Increasing
Unemployment Rate Maintaining
Unemployment Rate by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Prekindergarten Participation Not Applicable
Female Enrollment in School Not Applicable
Chronically Absent Students Increasing
Per-Student Spending Increasing
Bullying Decreasing
Student Performance on Grade 3 Reading Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 8 Math by Student Group Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 10 English Language Arts Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 10 Math Not Applicable
High School Cohort Graduation Rate Increasing
High School Cohort Graduation Rate by Student Group Not Applicable
Education Levels of Adults Not Applicable
Bachelor's Degree or Higher by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Income in Relation to Poverty Level Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Median Household Income Maintaining
Median Household Income by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Median Household Income by Household Type Not Applicable
Living Wage Rate by Household Type Not Applicable
Households Receiving Temporary Assistance Maintaining
Households Receiving Federal Food Assistance Decreasing
Participation in Food Assistance by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Earned Income Tax Credit Participation Decreasing
Economically Disadvantaged Students Increasing
Median Home Value Increasing
Housing Affordability for Homeowners Increasing
Housing Affordability for Renters Increasing
Homeownership Rates Maintaining
Homeownership Rates by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Homeless Persons Increasing
People Without Health Insurance Decreasing
Medical Care Expenses Increasing
Prevalence of Children with Asthma Maintaining
Prevalence of Overweight Children Maintaining
Diabetes Incidence Decreasing
Chronic Disease Among Older Adults Increasing
Cancer Incidence Decreasing
Cancer Mortality Rate Decreasing
Heart Disease Mortality Rate Decreasing
Mortality Rate Decreasing
People who Smoke Not Applicable
Use of Illegal Drugs Not Applicable
Youth Use of Illegal Drugs Not Applicable
Substance Abuse Treatment Admissions Not Applicable
Drug Overdose Mortality Rate Increasing
Prevalence of Mental Illness Maintaining
Suicide Rate Maintaining
Children Living in Poverty by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Single-Parent Families by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Change in Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Unemployment Rate by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 3 Reading Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 8 Math by Student Group Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 10 English Language Arts Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 10 Math Not Applicable
High School Cohort Graduation Rate by Student Group Not Applicable
Bachelor's Degree or Higher by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Median Household Income by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Participation in Food Assistance by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Homeownership Rates by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable