What is domestic violence?
Domestic violence is a pattern of coercive, controlling behavior that can include physical abuse, emotional or psychological abuse, sexual abuse or financial abuse.
• Nearly 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men have experienced severe physical violence by an intimate partner during their lifetime. (The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, CDC)
• 1 in 4 women and 1 in 9 men were victims of contact sexual violence, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner with a negative impact such as injury, fear, concern for safety, needing services.
• 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. (The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, CDC)
• Domestic violence accounts for 21% of all violent crime. (Nonfatal Domestic Violence, 2003-2012, U.S. Department of Justice)
• In a 24-hour survey, the National Network to End Domestic Violence found that U.S. domestic violence programs served over 65,000 victims and answered more than 23,000 crisis hotline calls in one day.
• In the United States, an average of 3 women are killed each day by a current or former intimate partner. (Bureau of Justice Statistics, Intimate Partner Violence in the U.S. 1993-3004, 2006)
• Every year, 1 in 15 children are exposed to intimate partner violence. 90% of these children are eyewitnesses to this violence. (Children’s Exposure to Intimate Partner Violence and Other Family Violence, U.S. Department of Justice)