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  1. Domestic/dating 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 to get control, emotional or mental abuse and sexual abuse.
  2. 85% of domestic violence victims are women.
  3. 1/4 of women worldwide 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.
  4. Domestic violence is most likely to take place between 6 pm and 6 am.
  5. 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.

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  1. As many as 324,000 women each year experience intimate partner violence during their pregnancy.
  2. Boys who witness domestic violence are 2 times as likely to abuse their own partners and children when they become adults.
  3. Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women – more than car accidents, muggings, and rapes combined.
  4. 1/2 of all homeless women and children in the U.S. are fleeing from domestic violence.
  5. Every 9 seconds in the US a woman is assaulted or beaten.
  6. In 60% to 80% of intimate partner homicides, no matter which partner was killed, the man physically abused the woman before the murder.


  • 1

    Siemieniuk, R. A. C.; Krentz, H. B.; Gish, J. A.; Gill, M. J. (2010). "Domestic Violence Screening: Prevalence and Outcomes in a Canadian HIV Population". AIDS Patient Care and STDs 24 (12): 763–770. doi:10.1089/apc.2010.0235. PMID 21138382. .

  • 2

    Crime Data Brief. "Intimate Partner Violence, 1993-2001". Bureau of Justice Statistics. .

  • 3

    SafeHorizon. "Domestic Violence: Statistics & Facts." Accessed March 4, 2015. .

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    SafeHorizon. "Domestic Violence: Statistics & Facts." Accessed March 4, 2015. .

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    SafeHorizion. "Domestic Violence: Statistics & Facts." Accessed March 4, 2015. .

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    Partnership Against Domestic Violence. "Statistics on Domestic Violence." Accessed March 4, 2015. .

  • 7

    Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence. "Impact on Children." Accessed March 4, 2015. .

  • 8

    Cook, Philip W.. "Appendix." In Abused men: the hidden side of domestic violence. 2nd ed. Westport, Conn.: Praeger, 2009. 198.

  • 9

    American Civil Liberties Union. "Domestic Violence and Homelessness." Women's Rights Project. Accessed March 1, 2014, https://www.aclu.org/sites/default/files/FilesPDFs/housing%20paper.4.pdf.

  • 10

    American Medical Association, 1998, Georgia Department of Human Resources, 1999. Accessed March 1, 2014. .

  • 11

    Campbell, Jacquelyn, Webster, Daniel, et al. "Assessing Risk Factors for Intimate Partner Homicide." NIJ Journal: Issue No. 250. Accessed March 4, 2015. .

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