Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Statistics: More than Numbers

Every statistic tells us a story of a life impacted by domestic and sexual violence. And every single instance is just the start of the ripple effect of violence throughout families and communities.

South Carolina Statistics

Each year, tens of thousands of survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault are served directly by SCCADVASA member organizations, including those who accessed 24-hr hotlines. Additionally, SCCADVASA responds annually to ~1000 requests for technical assistance (TA) and provides professional capacity building assistance to improve victim services. In 2021, SCCADVASA trained over 3,779 people with 13,237 hours of total training provided.

2021 Media Resource Sheet

Gathering statistics for sexual assault and domestic violence is not a straightforward exercise as numbers and information are pulled together from multiple resources. While we do our best to keep this up to date, we are only able to provide information as we receive it.

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Our Impact | SCCADVASA Statistics 2021:

  • 96 Trainings to 3,779 people
  • 13,237 Total Hours of Training
  • 754 Responses to Technical Assistance Requests
  • 482 Survivors Provided Language Assistance through LEP Program
  • 179 Survivors Provided with Legal Services/Assistance

Sexual Assault Statistics | South Carolina*

  • 7,299 number of new primary survivors of sexual assault
  • 3171 adults, 2696 children under 18, 1032 age unknown
  • 1,160 (16% of total primary victims) — number of incidents that were reported to law enforcement 1,392 survivors provided accompaniment for support during a hospital forensic exam/rape kit 4960 — number of crisis calls received
  • 92% knew their offender: 15% current/former spouse or boyfriend, 47% relative, parent, parent’s partner, sibling, 30% friend or acquaintance

*From Rape Crisis Centers to DHEC 2018

Domestic Violence Statistics | South Carolina*

  • Total IPV Assaults & Homicides:
    • Total Incidents Reported to Law Enforcement: 25,580
    • Total Victims: 31,878
  • When it comes to IPV assault and homicide, there is often more than one victim.
  • Breakdown of IPV Assaults & Homicides:
    • IPV Simple Assault:
      • Total Incidents Reported to Law Enforcement: 21,310
      • Total Victims: 26,061
    • IPV Aggravated Assault:
      • Total Incidents Reported to Law Enforcement: 4,214
      • Total Victims: 5,742
    • IPV Homicide:
      • Total Incidents Reported to Law Enforcement: 56
      • Total Victims: 75

*SLED Data January – Dec 2021

Domestic Violence Centers Impact | South Carolina*

  • Number of People Receiving Shelter for the Year:
    • 3,415 Total survivors
      • 1,900 Adults (56%)
      • 1,515 Children under 18 y/o (44%)
    • 59,570 shelter nights
    • 272 survivors turned away from shelter due to lack of space
  • Number of Survivors Receiving Supportive Services for the Year:
    • 18,046 Total People
      • 15,916 Adults (88%)
      • 2,130 Children (12%)
  • Number of Crisis Calls: 14,494
  • Relationship to Offender (where reported) (Total N = 8,123)
    • Current/former spouse: 2,882 (35%)
    • Current/former dating partner: 2,177 (27%)
    • Current/former cohabitating partner: 3,064 (38%)

  • Additional Information on Specific Demographics:
    • By Racial Breakdown (where reported) (shelter N = 1,049, supportive services N = 8,306)
      • African American shelter residents: 456 (43%)
      • African American support service recipients: 3,391 (41%)
      • American Indian/Alaska Native shelter residents: 14 (1.3%)
      • American Indian/Alaska Native support service recipients: 22 (.26%)
      • Asian shelter residents: 7 (.67%)
      • Asian support service recipients: 65 (.78%)
      • Hispanic/Latino shelter residents: 52 (5%)
      • Hispanic support service recipients: 412 (5%)
      • Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander shelter residents: 5 (.47%)
      • Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander support service recipients: 31 (.37%)
      • White shelter residents: 493 (47%)
      • White support service recipients: 3,967(48%)
    • Identified Special Population (where reported)
      • Physical Disability: Shelter: 85, Non-Shelter: 263
      • Mental Disability: Shelter: 123, Non-Shelter: 307
      • Alcohol/Drug: Shelter: 191, Non-Shelter: 577
      • Immigrant/Refugee/Asylum Seeker: Shelter: 24, Non-Shelter: 128
      • Limited English Proficient: Shelter: 36, Non-Shelter: 172
      • LGBTQI: Shelter: 15, Non-Shelter: 154

*From DSS for Federal Fiscal Year October 2021

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