Know The Facts


Extent of injuries; domestic abuse concept

  • One in four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. 
  • In a 2013 research study, 85% of domestic violence victims were women. 
  • Young women ages 16 – 24 experience the highest rate of domestic violence — 16 per 1,000 persons. 
  • The costs of intimate partner violence annually exceeds $5.8 billion, including $4.1 billion in direct health care expenses, $900 million in lost productivity and $900 million in lifetime earnings. 
  • Domestic violence has been estimated to cost employers in the United States $3 – $13 billion each year. 
  • 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. 
  • It is estimated that 503,485 women are stalked by an intimate partner each year in the United States. 

 It is estimated that 25% of the workplace problems such as absenteeism, lower productivity, turnover, and excessive use of medical benefits are due to family violence. 

  • A child exposed to the father abusing the mother is at the strongest risk for transmitting violent behavior from one generation to the next. 
  • 40% of teenage girls ages 14 – 17 report knowing someone their age who has been hit or beaten by a boyfriend. 
  • One of five female high school students reports being sexually or physically abused by a dating partner. 
  • 90% of all family violence defendants are never prosecuted, and one third of the cases that would be considered felonies if committed by strangers are filed as misdemeanors (a lesser crime). 
  • 63 of all males between 11 and 20 doing time for homicide in America, killed their mother’s batterer. 
  • In a national survey of over 6,000 American families, 50% of the men who frequently assaulted their wives also frequently abused their children.
  • Men who have witnessed their parents’ domestic violence are three times more likely to abuse their own wives than children of non-violent parents, with the sons of the most violent parents being 1,000 times more likely to become wife beaters. 
  • A comparison of delinquent and nondelinquent youth found that a history of family violence or abuse is the most significant difference between the two groups. 
  • One-third of all female homicide victims are killed by husbands, ex-husbands, boyfriends or ex-boyfriends. 
  • Almost 25% of pregnant women seeking prenatal care have been battered during pregnancy.

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