Domestic Violence Statistics

  • 1 in every 4 women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime.
  • It is estimated that 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner each year.
  • 85% of domestic violence victims are women.
  • Females who are 20-24 years of age are at the greatest risk of nonfatal intimate partner violence.


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.

Sexual Assault and Stalking:

  • 1 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 approximately 40-45% of battering 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.

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 ought medical treatment following the inury.
  • Intimate partner violence results in more than 18.5 million mental health care visits each year.

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 violencelost almost 8 MILLION days of paid work because 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 under-reported crimes.
  • Only approximately one-quarter of all physical assaults, one-fifth of all rapes, and one-half of all stalkings perpetrated against females by intimate partners are reported to the police.

Protection Orders:

  • Approximately 20% of the 1.5 MILLON people who experienced intimate partner violence annually obtain civil protection orders.
  • Approximately one-half of the orders obtained by women against intimate partners who physically assaulted them were violated. More than two-thirds of the restraining orders against intimate partners who raped or stalked the victim were violated.

State Laws:

  • States differ on the type of relationship that qualifies under domestic violence laws.
  • Most states require the perpetrator and victim to be current or former spouses, living together, or have a child in common.
  • A significant number of states include current or former dating relationships in domestic violence laws.
  • Delaware, Montana, and South Carolina specifically exclude same-sex relationships in their domestic violence laws.
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    All of the above stated information was found on The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence website.
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