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State Overview

Domestic Violence Legislation:pdf documentYes (14-07.1)
NIBRS Status:Certified
Additional IBR Elements:Yes
Law Enforcement DV System:Incident-based
Service Provider DV System:Summary Counts
Service Provider SA System:Summary Counts


State Summary

North Dakota does have legislation defining domestic violence which includes same-sex romantic relationships. North Dakota, a NIBRS-certified state, has introduced data elements in addition to what is required by the FBI. Three offense codes have been added to capture information on stalking, suicide and vehicular manslaughter. The relationship codes have been expanded to include former boy/girlfriends and peace officers. Six additional location codes have also been added, including:

  • Elementary/Secondary School
  • Farm Building
  • Grain Elevator
  • Drilling/Tank Site
  • Mine Site
  • College/University
A code to identify an incident as domestic in nature has been added as well.

The North Dakota Office of the Attorney General's Bureau of Criminal Investigation collects NIBRS data from all but two law enforcement agencies. A private contractor is used to collect domestic violence and sexual assault data from agencies not currently reporting NIBRS. Since 2005, local law enforcement incident reports include check boxes to indicate incidents that are domestic or sexual in nature, including same-sex romantic relationships.

The North Dakota Council on Abused Women's Services and Coalition Against Sexual Assault collects the count of new victims from 21 service providers in the state. Each provider completes a form monthly, collecting victim, offender, offense, and law enforcement information. This information is used to create fact sheets and is then shared with the Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the North Dakota Department of Health.

The Department of Health also distributes a questionnaire to law enforcement that includes questions about domestic and sexual violence. The information is then reported, along with other state data, to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System.

The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation's Victims Services unit collects information from the domestic violence and sexual assault service providers in the state receiving Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) grant funding. Currently all of the domestic and sexual violence service providers except for one are reporting information to the unit. This information is not used for any research or publication, but is sent directly to the Federal VOCA office.


State Projects

  • Domestic Violence/Rape Crisis Grant Program
    North Dakota Department of Health provides grants to domestic violence and rape crisis service providers, law enforcement, prosecution, judicial, hospitals, and other agencies to address violent crimes against women.


Available Reports

General Crime Statistics

Domestic Violence

Sexual Assault

Violence Against Women


Sample Data Collection Forms

These are the collection forms used by the North Dakota Council on Abused Women's Services and Coalition Against Sexual Assault:

This is the questionnaire used by the Department of Health; the questionnaire contains a relevant section on violence:

This is the form and instructions used by the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation's Victims Services unit:


Available Data

Domestic Violence

Sexual Assault


Links to State Agencies and Resources