On Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016, the Helena Police Department worked with agencies across the country to arrest persons with outstanding family violence warrants. Locally, 8 officers conducted a total of 35 arrest warrant service attempts. The effort also generated information on the location in other Montana communities of several others with outstanding Helena warrants.
By 5 p.m. Wednesday, this effort resulted in the arrests of 5 men and women in Lewis and Clark County for family-violence-related offenses. Four of these were arrested with related warrants, and officers made one arrest after discovering a violation of an order of protection while attempting to serve a warrant. Arrestees were booked at the Lewis and Clark County Detention Center.
In 2015, the 13th Annual Family Violence Apprehension Detail included over 500 county sheriffs offices, police departments, probation departments, and community agencies from 36 states. All agencies served outstanding arrest warrants -- with charges ranging from harassment to murder. This collaborative effort, commonly known as the SWEEP, helps raise awareness of the problem of family and domestic violence in our communities. It also demonstrates to offenders that they will be held accountable for their violence. In the 13 year history of the SWEEP program, law enforcement has served over 13,000 outstanding domestic violence-related warrants.
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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE STATS
According to a 2010 report from the CDC:
• More than 1 in 3 women (35.6%) and more than 1 in 4 men (28.5%) in the United States have experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime.
• Among victims of intimate partner violence, more than 1 in 3 women experienced multiple forms of rape, stalking, or physical violence; 92.1% of male victims experienced physical violence alone, and 6.3% experienced physical violence and stalking.
• Nearly 1 in 10 women in the United States (9.4%) has been raped by an intimate partner in her lifetime, and an estimated 16.9% of women and 8.0% of men have experienced sexual violence other than rape by an intimate partner at some point in their lifetime.
• About 1 in 4 women (24.3%) and 1 in 7 men (13.8%) have experienced severe physical violence by an intimate partner (e.g. hit with a fist or something hard, beaten, slammed against something) at some point in their lifetime.
• An estimated 10.7% of women and 2.1% of men have been stalked by an intimate partner during their lifetime.
• Nearly half of all women and men in the United States have experienced psychological aggression by an intimate partner in their lifetime (48.4% and 48.8%, respectively).
• Most female and male victims of rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner (69% of female victims; 53% of male victims) experienced some form of intimate partner violence for the first time before 25 years of age.
• Nearly 3 in 10 women and 1 in 10 men in the United States have experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner and reported at least one impact related to experiencing these or other forms of violent behavior in the relationship (e.g., being fearful, concerned for safety, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms, need for health care, injury, contacting a crisis hotline, need for housing services, need for victim’s advocate services, need for legal services, missed at least one day of work or school).
• According to Bureau of Justice statistics, on average, more than 3 women a day are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends in the United States.
• In 2008, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published data collected in 2005 that finds that women experience 2 million injuries from intimate partner violence each year. Also, nearly 1 in 4 women in the United States reports experiencing violence by a current or former spouse of boyfriend at some point in her life.
• A 2007 study states that 15.5 million children in the United States live in families in which partner violence occurred at least once in the past year, and 7 million children live in families in which severe partner violence occurred.
• Children who witness domestic violence are more likely to attempt suicide, abuse drugs and alcohol, run away from home, and engage in teenage prostitution.