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  • Statistics


    National

    • Nearly 5.3 million intimate partner victimization occur each year among U.S. women ages 18 and older. This violence results in nearly 2 million injuries and nearly 1,300 deaths. – Center for Disease Control, 2003
    • One in four women experience domestic violence in their lifetime. – Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, 2006.
    • On average, more than three women a day are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends in the United States. – Catalano, Shannan. 2007. Intimate Partner Violence in the United States. U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics.
    • In 2008, a 24-hour survey of domestic violence programs across the nation found that over 60,000 victims were served in one day. Unfortunately, due to a lack of resources, there were almost 9,000 unmet requests for services. – Domestic Violence Count 07 A 24- hour census of domestic violence shelters and services across the United States. The National Network to End Domestic Violence (Jan. 2008).
    • A 2008 study shows conclusively that the nation’s domestic violence shelters are addressing both urgent and long-term needs of victims of violence, and are helping them protect themselves and their children. – 23 Lyon, E.,Lane S. (2009). Meeting Survivors’ Needs: A Multi-State Study of Domestic Violence Shelter Experiences. National Resource Center on Domestic Violence and UConn School of Social Work. Found at vawnet.org.

    Children

    • 15.5 million children in the United States live in families in which partner violence occurred at least once in the past year. Seven million children live in families in which severe partner violence occurred. – Whitfield, CL, Anda RF, Dube SR, Felittle VJ. 2003. Violent Childhood Experiences and the Risk of Intimate Partner Violence in Adults: Assessment in a Large Health Maintenance Organization. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.
    • Boys who witness domestic violence in their own home are three times more likely to become batterers. – Straus, M.A., Gelles, R.J. & Steinmetz, S. Behind Closed Doors. Doubleday, Anchor, 1980.
    • In homes where partner abuse occurs, children are 1,500 times more likely to be abused. – Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance, Family Violence: Interventions for the Justice System, 1993
    • Forty to sixty percent of men who abuse women also abuse children. – American Psychl. Ass’n, Violence and the Family: Report of the American Psychological Association Presidential Task Force on Violence and the Family (1996), p. 80
    • Fathers who batter mothers are two times more likely to seek sole physical custody of their children than are nonviolent fathers. – American Psychl. Ass’n, Violence and the Family: Report of the American Psychological Association Presidential Task Force on Violence and the Family (1996), p. 40

    Teen Dating Violence

    • One in three teenagers report knowing a friend or peer who has been hit, punched, kicked, slapped, choked or physically hurt by their partner. – Liz Claiborne Inc. study on teen dating abuse conducted by Teenage Research Unlimited, February 2005.
    • Nearly 1 in 5 teenage girls who have been in a relationship said a boyfriend had threatened violence or self-harm if presented with a breakup. – Liz Claiborne Inc. study on teen dating abuse conducted by Teenage Research Unlimited, February 2005.
    • Thirteen percent of teenage girls who said they have been in a relationship report being physically hurt or hit. – Liz Claiborne Inc. study on teen dating abuse conducted by Teenage Research Unlimited, February 2005.
    • One in Four teenage girls who have been in relationships reveal they have been pressured to perform oral sex or engage in intercourse. – Liz Claiborne Inc. study on teen dating abuse conducted by Teenage Research Unlimited, February 2005.
    • More than 1 in 4 teenage girls in a relationship (26 percent) report enduring repeated verbal abuse. – Liz Claiborne Inc. study on teen dating abuse conducted by Teenage Research Unlimited, February 2005.
    • Eighty percent of teens regard verbal abuse as a “serious issue” for their age group. – Liz Claiborne Inc. study on teen dating abuse conducted by Teenage Research Unlimited, February 2005.
    • If trapped in an abusive relationship, 73 percent of teens said they would turn to a friend for help; but only 33 percent who have been in or known about an abusive relationship said they have told anyone about it. – Liz Claiborne Inc. study on teen dating abuse conducted by Teenage Research Unlimited, February 2005.
    • Twenty-four percent of 14-to 17-year-olds know at least one student who has been the victim of dating violence, yet 81 percent of parents either believe teen dating violence is not an issue or admit they don’t know if it is an issue. – Survey commissioned by the Empower Program, sponsored by Liz Claiborne Inc. and conducted by Knowledge Networks, Social Control, Verbal Abuse, and Violence Among Teenagers, December 2000
    • Less than 25 percent of teens say they have discussed dating violence with their parents. – Liz Claiborne Inc. study of teens 13-17 conducted by Applied Research and Consulting LLC, Spring 2000
    • Eighty-nine percent of teens between the ages of 13 and 18 say they have been in dating relationships; forty percent of teenage girls age 14 to 17 report knowing someone their age who has been hit or beaten by a boyfriend. – Children Now/Kaiser Permanente poll, December 1995
    • Nearly 80 percent of girls who have been physically abused in their intimate relationships continue to date their abuser. – City of New York, Teen Relationship Abuse Fact Sheet, March 1998
    • Of the women between the ages 15-19 murdered each year, 30 percent are killed by their husband or boyfriend. – City of New York, Teen Relationship Abuse Fact Sheet, March 1998

    In The Workplace

    • Domestic violence causes American employees to miss 175,000 workdays per year.
    • Abusive husbands harass 74 percent of employed battered women at work, either in person or over the telephone.
    • The costs of intimate partner violence against women exceed an estimated $8.3 billion. These costs include nearly $4.1 billion in direct costs of medical and mental health care and nearly $1.8 billion in the indirect costs of lost productivity. – Center for Disease Control, 2003
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