Domestic Violence Illinois Statistics

In 2014, almost 65,800 intimate violence incidents were reported to Illinois law enforcement. Many others went unreported.

Between July 2013 and June 2014, there were 84 domestic violence-related deaths in Illinois, including 15 children.

26.9% of domestic violence homicides were committed with firearms, significantly less than the nationwide rate.

Illinois has strong laws to protect victims and survivors of domestic violence from gun homicides, including:

prohibiting people convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence, dating violence and/or stalking from owning firearms o prohibiting abusers subject to temporary protective orders from owning firearms;

requiring perpetrators to actively relinquish weapons to a ‘qualified person’; 

requiring firearms purchasers to first obtain a permit from the state. A purchaser must pass a background check before being issued a permit.