Domestic Violence: Statistics

  • Every 9 seconds a woman is battered in the United States
  • Nearly one third of American women (31%) report being physically or sexually abused by a husband or boyfriend at some point in their lives.
  • Battering is the greatest single cause of injury to women in the U.S. more than by car accidents, stranger rapes and muggings combined.
  • Each year, 3.3 million children witness their mother being beaten.
  • 70% of men who abuse their female partners also abuse their children.
  • Forty percent of teenage girls ages 14 to 17 report knowing someone their age who has been beaten by a boyfriend.
  • Battered women are four to five times more likely than non-battered women to require psychiatric treatment.
  • Family violence costs the nation form $5 to $10 billion annually in medical expenses.
  • In 92% of all domestic violence incidents, crimes are committed by men against women.
  • The F.B.I. estimates that only bout 10% of domestic violence is reported to the police.
  • 60% of battered women are beaten while they are pregnant.
  • Up to 50% of all homeless women and children are fleeing domestic violence.