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GENERAL STATISTICS AND FACTS

 

 

What is Domestic Violence?

Domestic Violence is a pattern of behavior used to establish power and control over 

another person through fear and intimidation, often including the threat or use of violence.

· Other terms for domestic violence include intimate partner violence, battering,      relationship abuse, spousal abuse, or family violence.

Who is Most Likely to Suffer from Domestic Abuse or Become a Victim of Domestic Violence?

· Domestic violence and abuse can happen to anyone, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity,    sexual orientation, income, or other factors.

· Women and men can be victims of domestic violence.

How Many Men are Domestic Violence Victims?

· Men are victims of nearly 3 million physical assaults in the USA.

How Often Does Domestic Violence Occur?

· 1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence during her lifetime.

Why Does Domestic Abuse Happen?

· No victim is to blame for any occurrence of domestic abuse or  violence.

· While there is no direct cause or explanation why domestic violence happens, it is                  caused by the abuser or perpetrator.

When and Where Does Domestic Violence Occur?

· Domestic violence is most likely to take place between 6 pm and  6 am.

· More than 60% of domestic violence incidents happen at home.

What Happens to Victims of Domestic Violence?

· Domestic violence is the third leading cause of homelessness among families,  according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban  Development.

· At least 1/3 of the families using New York City’s family shelter  system are                        homeless due to domestic violence.

Domestic Violence in America: General Statistics and Facts

· Women ages 18 to 34 are at greatest risk of becoming victims of  domestic violence.

· More than 4 million women experience physical assault and rape  by their partners.

· In 2 out of 3 female homicide cases, females are killed by a family  member or intimate partner.

What are the Effects of Domestic Violence on Children?

· More than 3 million children witness domestic violence in their  homes every year.

· Children who live in homes where there is domestic violence also  suffer abuse or                neglect at high rates (30% to 60%).

· Children exposed to domestic violence at home are more likely to  have health problems, including becoming sick more often, having  frequent headaches or stomachaches, and being more tired and  lethargic.

· Children are more likely to intervene when they witness severe violence against a parent which can place a child at great risk for  injury or even death.

What are the Effects of Domestic Violence on Mental Health?

· Domestic violence victims face high rates of depression, sleep  disturbances, anxiety, flashbacks, and other emotional distress.

· Domestic violence contributes to poor health for many survivors  including chronic conditions such as heart disease or gastrointestinal  disorders.

· Most women brought to emergency rooms due to domestic violence were socially isolated  and had few social and financial resources.

What is the Economic Cost of Domestic Violence?

· Domestic violence costs more than $37 billion a year in law enforcement involvement,  legal work, medical and mental health treatment,  and lost productivity at companies.

What Happens if Domestic Violence Victims Do Not Receive Help?

· Without help, girls who witness domestic violence are more  vulnerable to abuse as teens and adults.

· Without help, boys who witness domestic violence are far more  likely to become abusers of their partners and/or children as adults,  thus continuing the cycle of violence in the next generation.

#1 FACT: Most domestic violence incidents are never reported.

Help change the facts. Speak up, speak out, and make a difference for  victims of domestic violence.

 

 

Thank you to Safe Horizon, Safe Haven and the National Domestic  Violence Statistics Committee of New York for your information

 

 STATISTICS CONTINUED...

 

On average, 24 people per minute are victims of rape, physical violence or stalking by an intimate partner in the United States — more than 12 million women and men over the course of a year.

Nearly 3 in 10 women (29%) and 1 in 10 men (10%) in the US have experienced rape, physical violence and/or stalking by a partner and report a related impact on their functioning.

Nearly, 15% of women (14.8%) and 4% of men have been injured as a result of IPV that included rape, physical violence and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime.

1 in 4 women (24.3%) and 1 in 7 men (13.8%) aged 18 and older in the United States have been the victim of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime.

IPV alone affects more than 12 million people each year.

More than 1 in 3 women (35.6%) and more than 1 in 4 men (28.5%) in the United States have experienced rape, physical violence and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime.

Nearly half of all women and men in the United States have experienced psychological aggression by an intimate partner in their lifetime (48.4% and 48.8%, respectively).

Females ages 18 to 24 and 25 to 34 generally experienced the highest rates of intimate partner violence.

From 1994 to 2010, about 4 in 5 victims of intimate partner violence were female.

Most female victims of intimate partner violence were previously victimized by the same offender, including 77% of females ages 18 to 24, 76% of females ages 25 to 34, and 81% of females ages 35 to 49.

 

 

 

Thank you to Safe Horizon, Safe Haven and the National Domestic Violence Statistics Committee of New York for your information

 

 

 

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