DOMESTIC VIOLENCE FACTS
Young men who witness domestic violence are twice as likely to abuse their spouses and children when they grow up. Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women – more than car accidents, muggings, and rapes combined. Here's a few more facts to consider:
- Domestic violence is a pattern of controlling behaviors that one partner uses to get power over the other. Including: physical violence or threat of physical violence, financial control, isolation from friends and family, emotional or mental abuse and sexual abuse all to get and maintain control.
- 85% of domestic violence victims are women.
- 25% of women will experience domestic/dating violence in their lifetime.
- Women between the ages of 20 to 24 are at greatest risk of becoming victims of domestic violence.
- Domestic violence is most likely to take place between 6 pm and 6 am.
- The costs of domestic violence amount to more than $37 billion a year in law enforcement involvement, legal work, medical and mental health treatment, and lost productivity at companies.
- As many as 324,000 women each year experience intimate partner violence during their pregnancy.
- 1/2 of all homeless women and children in the U.S. are fleeing from domestic violence.
- Every 9 seconds in the US a woman is assaulted or beaten.
- In 60% to 80% of intimate partner homicides, no matter which partner was killed, the man physically abused the woman before the murder.