Facts About Domestic Violence

Why it matters: Domestic violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior perpetrated by an intimate partner against another. It is an epidemic-affecting people in every community, regardless of age, economic status, nationality or educational background. Violence against women is often accompanied by emotional abuse and controlling behavior, and thus is part of a systemic pattern of dominance and control. Domestic violence results in physical injury, psychological trauma, and sometimes death. The consequences of domestic violence can cross generations and truly last a lifetime.

  • 85 -95% of all domestic violence victims are female
  • About 1 out of 4 women will be abused by a partner in her lifetime.
  • Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women between the ages of 15 and 44 in the US; more than car accidents, muggings, and rapes combined
  • A woman is beaten by her husband or partner every 15 seconds in the US
  • Police report that between 40% and 60% of the calls they receive are domestic violence disputes
  • 50% of all homeless women and children in this country are fleeing domestic violence
  • The health-related costs of rape, physical assault, stalking and homicide by intimate partners exceed $5.8 billion each year
  • In the US, more than 1200 women are killed each year by their intimate partner