An estimated 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner each year.
85% of domestic violence victims are women.
Historically, females have been most often victimized by someone they knew.
Females who are 20-24 years of age are at the greatest risk of nonfatal intimate partner violence.
Most cases of domestic violence are never reported to the police.
CHILDREN WHO WITNESS
Witnessing violence between one’s parents
or caretakers is the strongest risk factor of
transmitting violent behavior from one
generation to the next.
Boys who witness domestic violence are
twice as likely to abuse their own partners
and children when they become adults.
30% to 60% of perpetrators of intimate
partner violence also abuse children in the
HOMICIDE AND INJURY
Almost one-third of female homicide victims that
are reported in police records are killed by an intimate
In 70-80% of intimate partner homicides, no matter
which partner was killed, the man physically abused
the woman before the murder.
Less than one-fifth of victims reporting an injury from
intimate partner violence sought medical treatment
following the injury.
Intimate partner violence results in more than 18.5
million mental health care visits each year.
SEXUAL ASSAULT AND STALKING
One in 6 women and 1 in 33 men have
experienced an attempted or completed rape.
Nearly 7.8 million women have been raped by
an intimate partner at some point in their lives.
Sexual assault or forced sex occurs in
appr ox imately 40-45% of batter ing
1 in 12 women and 1 in 45 men have been
stalked in their lifetime.
81% of women stalked by a current or former
intimate partner are also physically assaulted by
that partner; 31% are also sexually assaulted by
The cost of intimate partner violence exceeds
$5.8 billion each year, $4.1 billion of which is for
direct medical and mental health services.
Victims of intimate partner violence lost almost 8
million days of paid work because of the violence
perpetrated against them by current or former
husbands, boyfriends and dates. This loss is the
equivalent of more than 32,000 full-time jobs and
almost 5.6 million days of household productivity
as a result of violence.
There are 16,800 homicides and $2.2 million
(medically treated) injuries due to intimate partner
violence annually, which costs $37 billion.
Domestic violence is one of the
most chronically underreported
Only approximately one-quarter
of all physical assaults, one-fifth of
all rapes, and one-half of all
stalkings perpetuated against
females by intimate partners are
reported to the police.
IF YOU NEED HELP
For more information or to get help, please call:
THE NATIONAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HOTLINE AT 1-800-799-7233
THE NATIONAL SEXUAL ASSAULT HOTLINE AT 1-800-656-4673
THE NATIONAL TEEN DATING ABUSE HOTLINE AT 1-866-331-9474
Source National Coalition Against Domestic Violence