An aggravated domestic violence charge is a felony if the crime includes the intent to cause serious bodily harm or death through the use of a weapon or other means, including strangulation or choking.Penalties: Up to six months in jail and a $500 fine if it's a misdemeanor. Aggravated domestic violence is a felony punishable by five to 20 years.
-- In fiscal year 2015, Mississippi law enforcement officers responded to 10,411 domestic violence calls, an increase of more than 170 calls over fiscal year 2014.
-- Nearly 4,000 protection orders were issued in the state in fiscal year 2015.
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-- Domestic violence shelters in Mississippi provided temporary housing and safety to 2,114 women, men and children and non-residential services to 1,593 women, men and children.
-- Domestic violence programs in Mississippi handled 40,317 calls for emergency assistance or referrals for help.
-- Mississippi has dropped from the fifth highest in the nation to the 34th highest in the number of girls and women murdered by a man since the start of the Attorney General's Domestic Violence Unit in December 2006.
-- On a typical day nationwide, domestic violence hotlines receive 21,000 calls, or about 15 calls every minute.
-- Every 9 seconds, a woman is assaulted or beaten.
-- One woman in four will experience domestic violence in her lifetime.
-- An average of 20 people are physically assaulted by intimate partners every minute, accounting for more than 10 million abuse victims annually.
-- One woman in three and one man in four has been physically abused by an intimate partner.
-- One woman in five and one man in seven have been severely injured by an intimate partner.
-- Intimate-partner violence accounts for 15 percent of all violent crimes statewide.
-- A gun in the home increases the risk of homicide in domestic violence by 500 percent.
-- 72 percent of all murder-suicides involved an intimate partner; 94 percent of the victims of these crimes are women.For help: Call the Gulf Coast Women's Center for Nonviolence crisis hotline at 435-1968 or toll free at 1-800-800-1396 or call the center's Adrienne's House at 205-4502. The hotline is staffed 24 hours a day.The center offers victims a variety of free services: domestic violence shelters, adults and children's counseling, case management, court advocacy, legal assistance, intervention programs, therapeutic preschool and sexual assault crisis response.
-- State Attorney General's Office and National Coalition Against Domestic Violence