Domestic Violence Statistics

The Shocking “FACTS” About Domestic Abuse*

  • Approximately 95% of the victims of domestic violence are women.
  • Every 9 seconds in the United States a woman is assaulted and beaten.
  • 4,000,000 women a year are assaulted by their partners.
  • In the United States, a woman is more likely to be assaulted, injured, raped, or killed by a male partner than by any other type of assailant.
  • Every day, 4 or more women are murdered by boyfriends or husbands.
  • Prison terms for killing husbands are twice as long as for killing wives.
  • 93% of women who killed their mates had been battered by them. 67% killed them to protect themselves and their children at the moment of murder.
  • 25% of all crime is wife assault.
  • 70% of men who batter their partners either sexually or physically abuse their children.
  • Domestic violence is the number one cause of emergency room visits by women.
  • 73% of battered women seeking emergency medical services have already separated from the abuser.
  • Women are most likely to be killed when attempting to leave the abuser. In fact, they’re at a 75% higher risk than those who stay.
  • The number-one cause of women’s injuries is abuse at home. This abuse happens more often than car accidents, mugging, and rape combined.
  • Up to 37% of all women experience battering.
  • 60% of all battered women are beaten while they are pregnant. One study found that 37% of pregnant women, across all class, race, and educational lines, were physically abused during pregnancy.
  • 34% of the female homicide victims over age 15 are killed by their husbands, ex-husbands, or boyfriends.
  • 2/3 of all marriages will experience domestic violence at least once.
  • Weapons are used in 30% of domestic violence incidents.
  • Approximately 1,155,600 adult American women have been victims of one or more forcible rapes by their husbands.
  • Over 90% of murder-suicides involving couples are perpetrated by the man. 19-26% of male spouse-murderers committed suicide.
  • When only spouse abuse was considered, divorced or separated men committed 79% of the assaults and husbands committed 21%.
  • Abusive husbands and lovers harass 74% of employed battered women at work, either in person or over the telephone, causing 20% to lose their jobs.
  • Physical violence in dating relationships ranges from 20-35%.
  • It is estimated that between 20% to 52% of high school and college age dating couples have engaged in physical abuse.
  • More than 50% of child abductions result from domestic violence.
  • Injuries that battered women receive are at least as serious as injuries suffered in 90% of violent felony crimes.
  • Only 17 states keep data on reported domestic violence offenses. These reports are limited to murder, rape, robbery, and serious bodily injury.
  • More than half of battered women stay with their batterer because they do not feel that they can support themselves and their children alone.
  • In homes where domestic violence occurs, children are abused at a rate 1,500% higher than the national average.
  • Up to 64% of hospitalized female psychiatric patients have histories of being physically abused as adults.
  • 50% of the homeless women and children in the U.S. are fleeing abuse.
  • 51% of Women Are Now Living Without a Spouse.
  • Family violence kills as many women every 5 yrs as the total Americans who died in the Vietnam War.
  • The amount spent to shelter animals is three times the amount spent to provide emergency shelter to women from domestic abuse situations.
  • EVERY WOMAN has been or will be the victim of emotional/mental/psychological abuse sometime in their life which will affect them and their relationships throughout their entire life.

*Department of Justice figures


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