Statistics

National Statistics

  • 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 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men experience intimate partner physical violence, intimate partner sexual violence, and/or intimate partner stalking in their lifetime.
  • 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men experience severe physical intimate partner violence in their lifetime.
  • 1 in 7 women and 1 in 18 men have been stalked by an intimate partner during thier lifetime to the point in which they felt very fearful or believed that they or someone close to them would be harmed or killed.
  • The presence of a gun in a domestic violence situation increases the risk of homicide by 500%
  • Intimate partner violence accounts for 15% of all violent crime.
  • Women between the ages of 18-24 are most commonly abused by an intimate partner.
  • 19% of domestic violence involves a weapon.
  • Domestic victimization is correlated with a higher rate of depression and suicidal behavior.
  • Only 34% of people who are injured by intimate partners receive medical care for their injuries.

Rape

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

Stalking

  • 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. 

Homicide

  • 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.
  • 72% of all murder-suicides involve an intimate parner; 94% of the victims of these murder suicides are female.

Children and Domestic Violence

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

Economic Impact

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

Physical/Mental Impact

  • 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.
  • Studies suggest that there is a relationship between intimate partner violence and depression and suicidal behavior.
  • Physical, mental, and sexual and reproductive health effects have been linked with intimate parnter violence including adolescent pregnancy, uninteded pregnancy in general, miscarriage, stillbirth, intrauterine hemorrhage, nutritional deficiency, abdominal pain and other gastrointestinal problems, neurological disorders, chronic pain, disability, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), as well as noncommnicable 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.