Domestic Violence

Victim to Offender Relationships

UCR Definitions

The Florida Uniform Crime Reports (UCR) Program collects domestic violence data for any assault, battery, sexual assault, sexual battery, or criminal offense resulting in the physical injury or death of one family or household member by another who is or was residing in the same single dwelling unit.  Family or household members include spouses, former spouses, persons related by blood or marriage, persons who are presently residing together as if a family or who have resided together in the past as if a family, and persons who have a child in common regardless of whether they have been married or have resided together at any time.

 
UCR Definitions
Victim to Offender Relationships
Spouse The victim and offender are married by law or have been previously married. This category includes ex-spouses.
Parent The victim is the natural, biological, or adoptive parent or legal guardian of the offender by law. This category includes step-parents.
Child The victim is the natural, biological, or adopted son or daughter of the offender, has been assigned as a ward, or by law has been assigned into the custody of the offender.  This category includes step-children.  If the victim is a child who is not related by blood or marriage and is temporarily placed in a household, the offense would not be considered domestic violence-related.  If the same child is permanently placed in the household, it would be considered as a domestic violence relationship.
Sibling The victim is the natural, biological, or adopted brother or sister, or half-brother or half sister, of the offender.  This category includes step-brothers and step-sisters.
Other Family The victim is related to the offender in a manner not covered by other relationships in this category such as grandparent, cousin, aunt, uncle, nephew, niece, etc.  This category includes in-laws.
Co-Habitant The victim lived with the offender as a married couple without legal marriage.  This category includes former co-habitants.
Other The victim and offender had a child together, but were never married and never lived together.

The UCR Manual contains more information about these definitions.  

Florida Statutes

741.28 - Domestic violence; definitions

Summary

There were 104,914 reported incidents of domestic violence in 2017 with 80.0% resulting from Simple Assault.

 

2017 Florida Domestic Violence
Source: Statewide Reported Domestic Violence Offenses in Florida (PDF | Excel)

By Offense

There were 196 reported incidents of domestic violence-related Criminal Homicide in 2018. The most common victim to offender relationships were Spouses (35.7%) followed by Co-habitants (17.8%) and children of the offender (17.3%).
 
Relationship of Victim to Offender

There were 19 reported incidents of domestic violence-related Manslaughter in 2018. Eleven (11) victims were the children of the offenders.
 
Relationship of Victim to Offender - Manslaughter

In 2018, 21.7% of the 1,783 domestic violence Forcible Rape victims were the children of the offenders, and 21.1% were classified as Other Family.
 
Relationship of Victim to Offender - Forcible Rape

Of the 841 domestic violence Forcible Fondling victims, 36.6% were classified as Other Family and 26.5% were classified as the children of the offenders.
 
Relationship of Victim to Offender - Forcible Fondling

In 2018, 28.2% of domestic violence Aggravated Assault victims were classified as Co-habitant and 18.4% were classified as Other.
 
Relationship of Victim to Offender - Aggravated Assault

The majority of domestic violence offenses in 2018 were classified as Simple Assaults with 29.3% of the victim to offender relationships considered Co-habitants while 20.9% were Spouses.
 
Relationship of Victim to Offender - Simple Assault

Of the 160 domestic violence victims of Aggravated Stalking, 44.4% were classified as Other and 34.4% were classified as Spouse.
 
Relationship of Victim to Offender - Aggravated Stalking

In 2018, 36.5% of the domestic violence victims of Simple Stalking were classified as Spouse and another 25.8% were classified as Co-habitant.
 
Relationship of Victim to Offender - Simple Stalking

Over 25% of the domestic violence Threat/Intimidation victims in 2018 were classified as Spouse and 20.8% were classified as Other.
 
Relationship of Victim to Offender - Threat/Intimidation

Source: Statewide Domestic Violence Victim Totals by Offense (PDF | Excel)

Domestic Violence data by jurisdiction is also available.
 

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