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National Domestic Violence Statistics

  • According to the U.S. Surgeon General, domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women in the United States.
  • The American Medical Association estimates that their male partners assault 2 million American women each year.
  • The U.S. Department of Justice estimates that 95% of the victims of domestic violence are women.
  • A woman is beaten every 15 seconds in the United States. (Bureau of Justice Statistics, Report to the nation on Crime and Justice. The Data. Washington DC Office of Justice Program, US Dept. of Justice. Oct 1983)
  • 35% of all emergency room calls are a result of domestic violence.
  • Of those who abuse their partner, well over 65% also physically and/or sexually abuse the children.
  • Each day .....4 women die as a result of abuse.
  • Each day .....3 children die as a result of abuse.
  • The Federal Bureau of Investigation reports that 32% of female homicide victims are killed by their intimate partners. (Federal Bureau of Investigation, Crime in the United States 1999.2000)
  • Anywhere from 1-3 million women are battered each year by their intimate partner. (Bureau of Justice Statistics, Intimate Partner Violence. Washington DC, 2000.)
  • In the United States, a woman is more likely to be assaulted, raped, or killed by an intimate partner than by any other type of assailant. (ibid.)
  • Nearly one-third of American women report being physically or sexually abused by a husband or boyfriend at some point in their lives. (Commonwealth Fund Survey, 1998.)
  • Approximately 85% of the victims of domestic violence are women. (Bureau of Justice Statistics, Intimate Partner Violence. Washington DC, 2000.)
  • 37% of all women who sought care in hospital emergency rooms for violence related injuries were injured by a current or former spouse, boyfriend, or girlfriend. (US Department of Justice, Violence Related injuries Treated in Hospital Emergency Departments, August 1997.)
  • 11% of all murders in 1998 were the result of domestic violence. (Office of justice Programs, May 17, 2000 press release , www.ojp.usdoj.gov)
  • Domestic violence occurs to all types of women regardless of income, age, race, education, or belief system. (Office for Victims of Crime, Domestic Violence Victimization, 2002)
  • Victimization by domestic violence is usually not a single even. If a woman is abused once, her risk of further abuse is high, and this abuse often becomes not only more frequent over time, but more severe. (ibid.)
  • Domestic violence is a major contributing factor to other problems including child abuse, neglect, drug & alcohol abuse, emotional problems, job-loss, homelessness, and attempted suicide. (ibid.)
  • The social and economic costs of domestic violence are enormous and generally uncounted and unrecognized. Public education, awareness, and community support are crucial for effective intervention. (ibid.)
  • On average, more than three women are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends in this country every day. (Bureau of Justice Statistics Special Report, Intimate Partner Violence and Age of Victim 1993-9, October 2001.)
  • A child's exposure to the father abusing the mother is the strongest risk factor for transmitting violent behavior from one generation to the next. (American Psychological Association, Report of the American Psychological Association Presidential Task Force on Violence and the Family, 1996.)
  • Slightly more than half of female victims of domestic violence live in households with children under age 12. (US Department of Justice, Violence by Intimates; Analysis of Data on Crimes by Current or Former Spouses, Boyfriends, and Girlfriends, U.S. Department of Justice, March 1998)
  • Studies show that child abuse occurs in 30-60% of family violence cases that involve families with children. (Edleson, J.L., Violence Against Women, The Overlap Between Child Maltreatment and Woman Battering, February, 1999.)
  • The National Domestic Violence Hotline has received more than 700,000 calls for assistance since February 1996. -National Domestic Violence Hotline, December 2001.
  • Nearly one-third of American women (31 percent) report being physically or sexually abused by a husband or boyfriend at some point in their lives - Commonwealth Fund Survey, 1998.
  • It is estimates that 503,485 women are stalked by an intimate partner each year in the United States - National Institute of Justice, July 2000.
  • Estimates range from 960,000 incidents of violence against a current or former spouse, boyfriend, or girlfriend each year to 4 million women who are physically abused by their husbands or live-in partners each year. - Violence by Intimates: Analysis of Data on Crimes by Current or Former Spouses, Boyfriends, and Girlfriends, U.S. Department of Justice, March, 1998.
  • Studies show that child abuse occurs in 30-60% of family violence cases that involve families with children. - "The overlap between child maltreatment and woman battering." J.L. Edleson, Violence Against Women, February, 1999.
  • While women are less likely than men to be victims of violent crimes overall, women are 5 to 8 times more likely than men to be victimized by an intimate partner - Violence by Intimates; Analysis of Data on Crimes by Current or Former Spouses, Boyfriends, and Girlfriends, U.S. Department of Justice, March 1998
  • Violence by an intimate partner accounts for about 21% of violent crime experienced by women and about 2% of the violence experienced by men. - Violence by Intimates; Analysis of Data on Crimes by Current or Former Spouses, Boyfriends, and Girlfriends, U.S. Department of Justice, March 1998
  • In 92% of all domestic violence incidents, crimes are committed by men against women. - Violence by Intimates; Analysis of Data on Crimes by Current or Former Spouses, Boyfriends, and Girlfriends, U.S. Department of Justice, March 1994
  • Of women who reported being raped and /or physically assaulted since the age of 18, three quarters (76 percent) were victimized by a current or former husband cohabitating partner, date, or boyfriend. - Prevalence Incidence, and Consequences of Violence Against Women: findings from the national Violence Against Women Survey, U.S. Department of Justice, November, 1998
  • In 1994, women separated from their spouses had a victimization rate 1 times higher than separated men, divorced men, or divorced women. - Sex Differences in Violent Victimization, 1994, U.S. Department of justice, September, 1997
  • In 1996, among all female murder victims in the U.S., 30% were slain by their husbands or boyfriends - Uniform Crime Reports of the U.S. 1996, Federal Bureau of Investigation, 1996
  • 31,260 women were murdered by an intimate form 1976-1996 - Violence by Intimates; Analysis of Data on Crimes by Current or Former Spouses, Boyfriends, and Girlfriends, U.S. Department of Justice, March 1998
  • Forty percent of teenage girls age 14 to 17 report knowing someone their age who has been hit or beaten by a boyfriend. - Children Now/Kaiser Pemaente Poll, December, 1995
  • Family violence costs the nation from $5 to $10 billion annually in medical expenses, police and court costs, shelters and foster care, sick leave, absenteeism, and non-productivity - Medical News, American Medical Association, January, 1992
  • One in five female high school student reports being physically or sexually abused by a dating partner. - Massachusetts Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), August 2001
 
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