Practical Implications of Current Domestic Violence Research: For Law Enforcement, Prosecutors and Judges

Published June 2009

Chapter 3. Offender Characteristics

Section 2 — What age are they?

Most studies find most perpetrators to be between 18 and 35 years old, with a median age of about 33 years, although they range in age from 13 to 81. [11, 23, 68, 228] A large U.S. west coast study of abusers subject to police incident reports or protective orders found that 33 percent were between 20 and 29 years old, and slightly more (33.4 percent) were between 30 and 39 years old. [121]

Date Created: January 30, 2009