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Texas Family Violence Statistics 2020

Family violence in Texas falls into 5 general categories:

  1. Assaults
  2. Homicides
  3. Kidnapping/Abductions
  4. Robberies
  5. Sex offenses
  • Assaults accounted for 96% of all family violence incidents in 2018.
  • Simple assault accounted for 75.1% of all family violence incidents in 2018.
  • Aggravated assault accounted for 13.2% of all family violence incident in 2018.
  • Intimidation accounted for 7.7% of all family violence offenses in 2018.
  • There were 197,023 family violence incidents in Texas in 2018.
  • Homicides accounted for 0.1% of all family violence incidents in 2018.
  • Kidnapping made up 0.5% of all family violence offenses in 2018.
  • Rape made up 1.5% of all family violence offenses in 2018.

Statistics of Victims of Family Violence in Texas

  • There were 212,885 victims of family violence in 2018.
  • Wives were the victim of domestic violence in 13.1% of all incidents.
  • Common-Law wives were victims of domestic violence in 9.5% of all incidents.
  • Ex-wives were victims of domestic violence in 3.2% of all incidents.
  • Wives, common-law wives and ex-wives made up 25.8% of all incidents of family violence in Texas.
  • “Other” female family members were victims of family violence 25.6% of the time in 2018 (this excludes married, parent/child, siblings and grandparents)
  • 71.6% of family violence were female.
  • 28.4% of family violence victims were male.
  • The age group of victims with the highest number of family violence incidents were 25-29 year olds.
  • 39% of all family violence victims were hispanic.
  • 61% of all family violence victims were non-hispanic.
  • 68.5% of domestic violence victims in Texas were White.
  • 28.9% of domestic violence victims in Texas were Black.
  • 2.6% of domestic violence victims in Texas were American Indian, Alaskan Native, Asian or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander.
  • 174 women were killed by a male intimate parter across 64 counties in Texas in 2018 (compared to 136 women killed by a male intimate partner in 2017).
  • 32 men were killed by their female intimate partners in 2018.
  • 4 men were killed by same-sex partners in 2018.
  • 1 female was killed by a same sex partner in 2018.
  • 39% of women killed in family violence incidents were killed by a current or former intimate partner.
  • Harris County had 42 women killed by intimate partners in 2018, Bexar County (17), Dallas County (16), Tarrant (7) and Travis (6).
  • The youngest victim to die at the hands of an intimate partner was 16 years old in 2018.
  • There were 8 victims under the age of 19 who were killed by an intimate partner in 2018.

Statistics of Offenders of Family Violence in Texas

  • There were 207,360 offenders of family violence in 2018.
  • 72.9% of all family violence offenders in Texas were male.
  • 27.1% of all family violence offenders in Texas were female.
  • 25-29 year olds had the highest number of offenders amongst all age groups (nearly 27,000 offender)
  • 30-34 year olds had the 2nd highest number of offenders amongst all age groups (approximately 24,000)
  • 39.2% of all offenders were Hispanic.
  • 60.8% of all offenders were non-Hispanics.
  • 65.6% of offenders were White (*some offenders are both white and hispanic)
  • 32.1% of all family violence offenders were black.
  • 2.3% of domestic violence victims in Texas were American Indian, Alaskan Native, Asian or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander.
  • 143 Texas law officers were assaulted during the course of responding to a domestic violence incident.

Statistics of Injuries from Family Violence Incidents in Texas

  • 53.2% of all injuries were considered to be minor injuries
  • In 43% of all family violence incidents, there was “no injury” reported
  • 3.8% of all family violence incidents involved major injuries
  • 23.5% of all major injuries involved possible internal injuries
  • 25.2% of serious injuries from family violence incidents involved severe lacerations.
  • 20.7% of major injuries were classified as “other”
  • 17.5% of all major injuries involved the victim being knocked unconscious.
  • 10.4% of all major injuries from family violence involved broken bones.
  • 2.7% of all major injuries from family violence incidents involved loss of teeth.

Statistics of Weapons Used in Family Violence Incidents in Texas

  • 76% of all in family violence incidents involved physical force through the use of hands, feet or fists.
  • 10.9% of all incidents involved no weapons (Note: In Texas, the Texas Family Violence law considers the use of threats and intimidation to be serious enough to be included as an act of family violence).
  • 3.6% of all incidents involved knives or cutting instruments.
  • 2.2% of all family violence incidents involved guns.
  • 1.8% involved blunt objects
  • In the state of Texas, weapons can include motor vehicles, poison, explosives, fire, drugs and other various weapons. As such, 5% of all incidents involved “other weapons”.