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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