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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 2017, there were 2.9 reported victims of domestic violence per 1,000 residents in Essex County, below the rate in 2016.

The cities of Haverhill (6.9) and Lynn (5.8) had the highest rates of reported domestic violence victims in 2017, a decrease for Lynn from the previous year. At 7, Salisbury had a reduction from 2014 - a decrease of over 23% - when it was the highest in the county with 9.1 reported victims per 1,000 residents.

How do we compare to similar counties?

At 2.9 reported victims per 1,000 residents, Essex County had a higher rate of reported domestic violence victims than Middlesex (2.3) in 2017. 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
200020012002200320042005200620072008200920102011201220132014201520162017
Essex County, MA0.91.21.31.51.51.91.83.23.13.02.92.93.03.03.33.13.12.9
Amesbury3.35.65.14.83.54.75.65.24.96.16.06.35.15.83.13.33.43.4
Beverly0.42.02.73.02.22.72.82.23.13.24.03.53.63.02.82.93.00.2
Gloucester1.12.62.31.30.70.30.40.20.30.30.20.20.34.54.74.44.4
Haverhill3.26.46.37.18.47.46.66.86.77.28.37.86.96.9
Lynn10.37.35.86.36.47.05.96.77.36.95.8
Methuen1.40.10.10.00.72.01.40.90.70.40.61.10.30.6
Newburyport1.90.90.61.71.11.31.41.71.71.42.92.02.32.11.71.21.7
Peabody2.83.74.54.75.35.04.55.24.55.64.44.64.53.63.93.04.44.0
Salem1.96.96.85.35.65.6
Andover1.40.90.11.51.11.71.61.61.31.41.61.81.71.71.41.41.51.9
Boxford0.40.10.10.10.50.4
Danvers2.53.83.74.84.14.24.54.94.33.62.93.12.72.22.22.22.12.0
Georgetown0.41.82.21.82.01.92.81.71.31.3
Groveland2.23.10.51.31.21.21.51.61.82.72.52.31.61.72.31.51.31.0
Hamilton1.71.11.61.31.00.50.71.81.20.61.71.91.40.61.40.7
Ipswich0.60.40.20.30.40.10.20.10.10.10.21.92.2
Lynnfield1.41.01.21.01.21.61.51.72.92.12.02.23.32.21.91.71.31.3
Manchester0.2
Marblehead1.81.21.52.11.81.71.42.11.62.22.41.61.81.41.62.01.52.0
Merrimac2.22.51.11.12.21.71.83.21.71.33.53.23.60.91.81.0
Middleton0.10.10.40.20.50.60.10.40.70.10.80.50.71.21.51.5
Nahant4.13.01.62.21.74.21.43.92.83.34.44.12.93.82.91.71.43.2
Newbury2.83.22.31.31.92.13.71.42.63.12.71.33.63.42.92.3
North Andover0.10.10.20.61.30.60.00.91.31.61.31.51.71.51.71.31.51.1
Rockport2.21.71.71.21.92.72.01.01.53.11.71.7
Rowley1.32.01.61.41.61.41.62.11.72.61.42.72.71.81.91.31.82.7
Salisbury14.816.911.78.99.59.29.99.59.310.912.89.19.98.89.15.56.47.0
Saugus2.93.52.73.43.22.73.32.94.13.03.74.03.22.82.53.13.23.4
Swampscott1.00.80.81.41.11.51.31.72.12.32.11.81.10.71.10.90.80.8
Topsfield0.20.60.20.3
Wenham0.90.90.91.10.91.90.40.41.41.61.61.40.80.40.40.4
West Newbury1.71.21.71.40.93.32.62.64.42.33.33.02.31.61.60.71.32.4
Middlesex County, MA0.70.70.81.01.21.41.51.92.92.93.02.82.82.62.42.52.42.3
Massachusetts2.32.62.73.03.33.53.64.04.34.34.54.34.14.03.93.83.73.6

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




Number of Domestic Violence Reports
200020012002200320042005200620072008200920102011201220132014201520162017
Essex County, MA6648839561,0171,1281,3501,3282,3672,2492,2082,1632,1682,2552,2632,5332,4222,4032,220
Amesbury54938583587791868210197104859754576060
Beverly158110712186107111851231271591391431221151171258
Gloucester338071392210136108559134140130132
Haverhill190382377432514453404418416447517488430435
Lynn897639504571584636538621671641538
Methuen6365132906843342127531631
Newburyport3315113019232429302551354037302130
Peabody134182221232262254228268229288227236235186205155233209
Salem79292292226240241
Andover44282543456525442485460576049485468
Boxford311143
Danvers639593121106108121132116977683736060625856
Georgetown3161815171624151111
Groveland131938881011132016151111151097
Hamilton149131184615951415115116
Ipswich852451221132630
Lynnfield161114111418171933252326392724211616
Manchester1
Marblehead362430423534274132434732362933413141
Merrimac141677141112211182321246127
Middleton1132451461757121515
Nahant151168615514101215141013106511
Newbury192216913142510172118925242016
North Andover33516361712635433643494549374433
Rockport1713139131914711221212
Rowley7119898912101581616111281117
Salisbury116134937176758280809410676837579515965
Saugus75927288847187791138599107867869888995
Swampscott141212201521182329332925151015131111
Topsfield1412
Wenham4445492278874222
West Newbury757641411111910141310773611
Middlesex County, MA9511,0981,1691,3851,7561,9762,2732,7474,2984,3984,5184,2464,2254,0783,8273,9813,8213,623
Massachusetts14,50916,90917,36818,21521,20322,71523,26725,91528,31028,46029,12928,23027,32926,39626,04925,32625,07724,302

Source: Massachusetts State Police




INDICATORS TREND | ESSEX COUNTY
Bachelor's Degree or Higher by Race/Ethnicity 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 Decreasing
Live Births to Teen Mothers Decreasing
Youth Arrests Decreasing
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Establishments Maintaining
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Employment Maintaining
Tourism Spending Increasing
Voter Participation Rate Increasing
Charitable Contributions Maintaining
Protected Land Not Applicable
Days with Good Air Quality Increasing
Beach Contamination Decreasing
Daily Water Use per Resident Decreasing
Crimes Against People Increasing
Crimes Against Property Increasing
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 Increasing
Change in Total Population Increasing
Change in Population by Age/Gender Not Applicable
People 65 or Older Living Alone Decreasing
People with Disabilities Increasing
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 Decreasing
Unemployment Rate Increasing
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 Maintaining
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
Income in Relation to Poverty Level Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Median Household Income Decreasing
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 Increasing
Participation in Food Assistance by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Earned Income Tax Credit Participation Maintaining
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 Decreasing
Prevalence of Overweight Adults Not Applicable
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