Domestic Violence / Abuse Statistics
Statistic Verification
Source: U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics
Research Date: September 5th, 2014
Domestic violence (closely related to domestic abuse, spousal abuse, battering, family violence and intimate partner violence) is a pattern of behavior which involves violence or other abuse by one person against another in a domestic context, such as in marriage or cohabitation. Intimate partner violence is domestic violence against a spouse or other intimate partner. Domestic violence can take place in heterosexual or same-sex relationships. Domestic violence can take a number of forms including physical, emotional, verbal, economic and sexual abuse, which can range from subtle, coercive forms to marital rape and to violent physical abuse that results in disfigurement or death. Globally, a wife or female partner is most commonly the victim of domestic violence, though the victim can also be the male partner, or both partners may engage in abusive or violent behavior, or the victim may act in self-defense or retaliation.
Domestic Violence Statistics Data
Percent of women who have experienced domestic violence 25%
Estimated number of domestic violence incidents per year 960,000
Victims of Domestic Violence  
Women 85%
Men 15%
Women ages 20-24 are at the greatest risk  
On average, 3 females and 1 male are murdered by their partner each day  
The health costs of domestic violence yearly $5.8 Billion
Percent of female high school students who reported being physically or sexually abused by a dating partner 20%
Percent of teens who reported threats from their boyfriend or girlfriend to harm them or themselves to avoid a breakup. 14%
Number of children who witness domestic violence annually 6 Million +
Number of women who are stalked by an intimate partner annually 503,485
Percent of domestic crimes reported to police 25%
Percent of high school students that will be involved in an abusive relationship 32 %
Percent of teenage girls who say they know someone their age that has been hit or beaten by a boyfriend 40 %
Percent of all murder victims killed by their boyfriends 7 %
Percent of college females that will experience some form of dating violence 19 %
Percent of date rape victims that are young women from 14 to 17 years of age 38 %
Percent of all sexual assaults attributed to date rape 67 %
Percent young women raped who knew their rapist either as a boyfriend, friend or casual acquaintance 68 %
Percent of the rapes of young women that occurred in their own home or a friends or relative’s home 60 %
Percent of incidents of domestic violence involving non-married persons 40 %
Number of American women assaulted by men each year 2,100,000
Percent of the victims of domestic violence that are women 95 %
Percent of all emergency room calls attributed to domestic violence 3.5 %
Percent of those that abuse their partner that also physically and/or sexually abuse their children 65 %
Number of women that die each day as a result of abuse 4
Number of children that die each day as a result of abuse 3
Percent of all women who sought care in hospital emergency rooms for violence related injuries 37 %
Number of women that are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends in this country every day 2
% of teenage girls age 14 to 17 that report knowing someone their age who has been hit or beaten by a boyfriend 40 %
Percent of violent crime experienced by men attributed to violence by an intimate partner 2 %
Family violence costs to the nation in medical expenses, police and court costs, shelters and foster care, sick leave, absenteeism, and non-productivity $7.5 billion annually
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