Domestic Violence


Domestic violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another. It includes physical violence, sexual violence, threats and emotional abuse. The frequency and severity of domestic violence can vary dramatically.

Domestic Violence in Montana

  • On a single day in September 2014 in Montana, 238 domestic violence victims (122 children and 116 adults) found refuge in emergency shelters or transitional housing provided by local domestic violence programs.
  • In Montana, 163 adults and children received non-residential assistance and services, including counseling, legal advocacy and children’s support groups on a SINGLE day in September 2014
  • The number of simple assault offenses in 2011 (6,612) was 14.65 percent below the 10 year average of 7,747 offenses.   More than half of all simple assaults were partner or family member assaults (51.21 percent) in 2010-2011.  Yet, partner or family member assaults decreased by 2.85 percent in 2011 compared to 2010.

Did You Know?

1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner.
•    On a typical day, domestic violence hotlines receive approximately 21,000 calls, approximately 15 calls per minute.
•    Intimate partner violence accounts for 15% of all violent crime
•    Having a gun in the home increases the risk of homicide by at least 500%
•    72% of all murder-suicides involved an intimate partner; 94% of the victims of these crimes are female.

Local Domestic Violence Programs in Montana

The Abbie Shelter
(406) 752-7273
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YWCA Missoula
(406) 542-1944
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Lincoln County Crisis Solutions
(406) 293-3223
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Sanders County Coalition for Families
Thompson Falls
(406) 827-3218
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Lincoln County Victim/Witness Program
(406) 283-2415
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Helpful Documents

Safety Plan (PDF)
Circle of Violence (PDF)