The Facts

 

Startling statistics

  • More than 1 in 3 women (35.6%) in the U.S. having experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime. Source

  • An estimated 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner each year. Source

  • 85% of domestic violence victims are women. Source

  • Females who are 20-24 years of age are at the greatest risk of nonfatal intimate partner violence. Source

  • Most cases of domestic violence are never reported to the police. Source Frieze, I.H., Browne, A. (1989) Violence in Marriage.

  • Those who have experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner report at least one impact related to experiencing these or other forms of violent behavior in the relationship (e.g., being fearful, concerned for safety, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms, need for health care, injury, contacting a crisis hotline, need for housing services, need for victim’s advocate services, need for legal services, missed at least one day of work or school). Source

  • Nearly half of all women in U.S. (48.4%) have experienced at least one form of psychological aggression by an intimate partner during their lifetime, with 40.3% reporting some form of expressive aggression (e.g., their partner acted angry in a way that seemed dangerous, told them they were a loser or a failure, insulted or humiliated them), or some form of coercive control (41.1%) by an intimate partner. Source

  • The most common age when intimate partner violence is first experienced by women is age 18-24 (38.6%), followed by age 11-17 (22.4%), age 35-44 (6.8%) and age 45+ (2.5%). Source

  • Among victims of intimate partner violence, 84% of female victims disclosed their victimization to someone, primarily a friend or family member. Only 21% of female victims disclosed their victimization to a doctor or nurse at some point in their lifetime. Source

 

1 in 3

women have experienced some form of domestic violence in their lifetime.

85%

of domestic violence victims are women. Females ages 20-24 are at the greatest risk.

50%

of all 911 calls are related to domestic violence- constituting the single largest category of emergency calls.