Domestic Violence Statistics

  • Approximately 1.5 million women are physically assaulted by an intimate partner annually in the United States. Since many women experience multiple victimizations every year, an estimated 5.9 million physical assaults are perpetrated against U. S. women annually.
  • National Institute of Justice & Centers For Disease Control, National Violence Against Women Survey, 1998.
  • Women are the victims of intimate violence and homicide significantly more often than men. Intimate partner violence accounted for 22% of the violent crimes against women compared to 3% of the violent crimes against men.
  • U. S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, Violence by Intimates, 2000.
  • Each day, more than three women in the United States are murdered by a male intimate partner.
  • U. S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, Violence by Intimates, 2000.
  • Women are more likely to be victims of homicide when they separate from their husbands. 65% of intimate homicide victims had physically separated from the perpetrator prior to their death.
  • Florida Governor’s Task Force on Domestic and Sexual Violence, Florida Mortality Review Project, p. 47, 1997.
  • One-third of all police time is spent responding to domestic violence disturbance calls.
  • National Center on Women & Family Law, Battered Women: The Facts, 1996.
  • Each year, between 50,00 and 100,000 lesbians and as many gay men are battered.
  • Murphy, Queer Justice: Equal Protection for Victims of Same-Sex Violence,Vol. 30, U. L. Review, p.335, 1995.
  • According to the American Medical Association, injuries sustained from domestic violence account for 22%-35% of visits by women to the emergency rooms annually.

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