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On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. During one year, this equates to more than 10 million women and men.1

1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been victims of [some form of] physical violence by an intimate partner within their lifetime.1

1 in 5 women and 1 in 7 men have been victims of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime.1

1 in 7 women and 1 in 18 men have been stalked by an intimate partner during their lifetime to the point in which they felt very fearful or believed that they or someone close to them would be harmed or killed.1

On a typical day, there are more than 20,000 phone calls placed to domestic violence hotlines nationwide.9

In domestic violence homicides, women are six times more likely to be killed when there is a gun in the house.10

Intimate partner violence accounts for 15% of all violent crime.2

Women between the ages of 18-24 are most commonly abused by an intimate partner.2

1 in 5 women and 1 in 71 men in the United States has been raped in their lifetime.1
Almost half of female (46.7%) and male (44.9%) victims of rape in the United States were raped by an acquaintance. Of these, 45.4% of female rape victims and 29% of male rape victims were raped by an intimate partner.11

19.3 million women and 5.1 million men in the United States have been stalked in their lifetime.1 60.8% of female stalking victims and 43.5% men reported being stalked by a current or former intimate partner.11

A study of intimate partner homicides found that 20% of victims were not the intimate partners themselves, but family members, friends, neighbors, persons who intervened, law enforcement responders, or bystanders.3
72% of all murder-suicides involve an intimate partner; 94% of the victims of these murder suicides are female.8

1 in 15 children are exposed to intimate partner violence each year, and 90% of these children are eyewitnesses to this violence.5

Victims of intimate partner violence lose a total of 8.0 million days of paid work each year.6
The cost of intimate partner violence exceeds $8.3 billion per year.6
Between 21-60% of victims of intimate partner violence lose their jobs due to reasons stemming from the abuse.6
Between 2003 and 2008, 142 women were murdered in their workplace by their abuser, 78% of women killed in the workplace during this timeframe.4

Women abused by their intimate partners are more vulnerable to contracting HIV or other STI’s due to forced intercourse or prolonged exposure to stress.7
Studies suggest that there is a relationship between intimate partner violence and depression and suicidal behavior.7
Physical, mental, and sexual and reproductive health effects have been linked with intimate partner violence including adolescent pregnancy, unintended pregnancy in general, miscarriage, stillbirth, intrauterine haemorrhage, nutritional deficiency, abdominal pain and other gastrointestinal problems, neurological disorders, chronic pain, disability, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), as well as noncommunicable diseases such as hypertension, cancer and cardiovascular diseases. Victims of domestic violence are also at higher risk for developing addictions to alcohol, tobacco, or drugs.7


REFERENCES for Domestic Violence Stats
1. Black, M.C., Basile, K.C., Breiding, M.J., Smith, S.G., Walters, M.L., Merrick, M.T., Chen, J., & Stevens, M. (2011). The National Intimate Partner and Sexual
Violence Survey: 2010 Summary Report. National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved from:
2. Truman, J. & Morgan, R. (2014). Nonfatal Domestic Violence, 2003-2012. U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice
Statistics. Retrieved from: http://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/ndv0312.pdf
3. Smith, S., Fowler, K., & Niolon, P. (2014). Intimate Partner Homicide and Corollary Victims in 16 States: National Violent Death Reporting System, 2003-
2009. American Journal of Public Health, 104(3). DOI: 10.2105/AJPH.2013.301582
4. Tiesman, H., Gurka, K., Konda, S., Coben, J., Amandus, H. (2012). Workplace Homicides Among U.S. Women: The Role of Intimate Partner Violence. Annals
of Epidemiology, 22(4). DOI: 10.1016/j.annepidem.2012.02.009
5. Finkelhor, D., Turner, H., Ormrod, R., & Hamby, S. (2011). Children’s Exposure to Intimate Partner Violence and Other Family Violence. U.S. Department of
Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Retrieved on August 15, 2014 from: https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/ojjdp/232272.pdf
6. Rothman, E., Hathaway, J., Stidsen, A., & de Vries, H. (2007). How Employment Helps Female Victims of Intimate Partner Abuse: A Qualitative Study.
Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, 12(2). DOI: 10.1037/1076-8998.12.2.136
7. World Health Organization. (2013). Global and Regional Estimates of Violence against Women: Prevalence and Health Effects of Intimate Partner Violence
and Non-partner Sexual Violence. Retrieved from: http://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/10665/85239/1/9789241564625_eng.pdf?ua=1
8. Violence Policy Center. (2012). American Roulette: Murder-Suicide in the United States. Retrieved from: www.vpc.org/studies/amroul2012.pdf
9. 2013 Domestic Violence Counts: A 24-Hour Census of Domestic Violence Shelters and Services. (n.d.). Retrieved September 4, 2014, from
10. Supreme Court Decision Limits Batterers’ Access to Guns. (2014, April 11). Retrieved from http://www.justice.gov/ovw/blog/supreme-court-decision-limits-batterers-accessguns

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