The Facts About Domestic Violence

  • 5.3 million of Domestic Violence incidents occurs each year among U.S. women.1

  • At least 1 in 3 women has been beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused.2

  • Every 15 seconds in the U.S. a woman is beaten.3

  • About 1 in 4 women are likely to be abused by a partner in her lifetime.3

  • 33% of all women murdered are murdered by an intimate partner.3

  • On average, more than 3 women are murdered by their husband or boyfriend every day.4

  • One study found that 44% of women murdered by their partner had visited an emergency room within two years of the homicide. Of these women, 93% had at least one injury visit.5

  • Young women ages 16-24 experience the highest rate of domestic violence.6

  • 57% of teens know someone who has been abused in a dating relationship.7

  • Only 33% of teens who are in an abusive relationship ever told anyone.7

  • Individuals who grow up in a violent home tend to marry violent individuals.8

  • Children who grow up in a violent home come to believe that violence is normal.3

  • Domestic violence happens in all cultures, religions and classes.3

1. Tjaden, Patricia & Thoennes, Nancy. National Institute of Justice and the Centers of Disease Control & Prevention, "Extent, Nature and Consequences of Intimate Partner Violence." (2000).
2. Heise, L., Ellsberg, M. and Gottemoeller, M., Ending Violence Against Women Population Report, Series L., No. 11, Dec. 1999.
3. Mujeres Latinas en accion,
4. Rennison, M. and W. Welchans. Intimate Partner Violence. U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Statistics. May 2000, NCJ 178247, Revised 7/14/00.
5. Crandall et al. 2004.
6. Hart, Timothy C. & Rennison, Calle. U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics. "Reporting Crime to the Police," 1992 - 2000 (March 2003).
7. Liz Claiborne, Inc., Conducted by Teenage Research Unlimited (February 2005).
8. Pollak, Robert A., Washington University in St. Louis, "An Intergenerational Model of Domestic Violence", Revised October 2002.
9. Bureau of Justice Statistics Crime Data Brief, Intimate Partner Violence, 1993-2001, February 2003.