The Facts

Domestic violence, or intimate partner violence, can happen to anyone, regardless of gender, income, ethnicity, or sexual orientation.  Most domestic violence incidents go unreported.

The Victims

  • 1 in 4 women will experience severe physical violence by an intimate partner during her lifetime
  • 1 in 3 women have experienced rape, physical violence and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime
  • Every year, 1 in 3 women who is a victim of homicide is murdered by her current or former partner
  • Women experience more than 4 million physical assaults and rapes because of their partners, and men are victims of nearly 3 million physical assaults
  • Women are 8 times more likely to be killed by an intimate partner than men
  • Women ages 20 to 24 are at greatest risk of becoming victims of domestic violence

The Families

  • Every year, more than 3 million children witness domestic violence in their homes
  • 15.5 million U.S. children live in families in which partner violence occurred at least once in the past year, and seven million children live in families in which severe partner violence occurred
  • Children exposed to domestic violence at home are more likely to have health problems, including becoming sick more often, having frequent headaches or stomachaches, and being more tired and lethargic

The Circumstances

  • Domestic violence is most likely to occur between 6 pm and 6 am
  • More than 60% of domestic violence incidents happen at home

The Consequences

  • Domestic violence is the third leading cause of homelessness among families (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development)
  • In New York City, 25% of homeless heads of household became homeless due to domestic violence. (New Destiny Housing)
  • Domestic violence contributes to poor health for many survivors, including chronic conditions like heart disease and gastrointestinal disorders
  • Domestic Violence also affects mental health with high rates of depression, anxiety, and sleep disturbance
  • Girls who witness domestic violence are more vulnerable to abuse as teens and adults
  • Boys who witness domestic violence are far more likely to become abusers of their partners and/or children as adults
  • Domestic violence costs more than $37 billion a year in law enforcement involvement, legal work, medical and mental health treatment, and lost productivity at companies


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