Facts about Domestic Violence and Abuse.


One in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime.

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 
household

HOMICIDE AND INJURY
Almost one-third of female homicide victims that 
are reported in police records are killed by an intimate 
partner.

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 
relationships.

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 
that partner.

ECONOMIC IMPACT
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.

REPORTING RATES
Domestic violence is one of the 
most chronically underreported 
crimes.

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

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