Breaking the Cycle of Violence

Domestic Violence Statistics

Domestic Violence is the single largest cause of injury to women in the U.S., accounting for 35% of visits by women to emergency rooms annually. This is more common than injuries from car accidents, muggings and rape combined.

A woman is battered every 15 seconds.

Every day an estimated four women are killed by their husbands, boyfriends or ex-partners.

A National Violence Against Women Survey found that 1 in 4 women and 1 in 14 men have been physically or sexually assaulted by an intimate partner.

More than 1 in 3 Americans have witnessed an incident of domestic violence.

Nearly half of all incidents of domestic violence against women discovered in the National Crime Survey (48%) were not reported to police.

At least 25% of domestic violence victims are pregnant when beaten.

Approximately 3.3 million children witness violence towards their mothers each year.

Violent youth are four times more likely to come from homes in which their fathers beat their mothers than are nonviolent youth.

Slightly more than half of female victims of intimate violence live in households with children under age twelve.

Men who beat their spouses or girlfriends often also abuse their children.

About seven in ten female rape or sexual assault victims stated the offender was an intimate, other relative, a friend or an acquaintance.

500,000 women are stalked by an intimate partner each year.

No one—regardless of age, race, sex, religion, social status, personality or disability—deserves to be abused!
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