Domestic Violence Statistics

About 3 million women are physically abused by their husband or boy friend annually in the United States.

U.S. Department of Justice, Violence by Intimates, 1998.

Women accounted for 85% of the victims of domestic violence.
Women of all racial groups are equally vulnerable to violence by an Intimate partner.

Bureau of Justice Statistics, Intimate Partner Violence, 2003.

41 to 60% of Asian women report experiencing domestic violence in their life time.

A. Raj and J. Silverman, Greater Boston Journal of American Medical Women’s Association, 2002.

Bureau of Justice Statistics, Violence against Women, 1995.

In a six year period, 160 cases in Asian families resulted in 226 fatalities.68% of victims were intimate partners of which 111 were women and 14 were men.

Dabby C.Patel H, Poore G. Shattered Lives: Homicides, Domestic Violence and Asian Families, San Francisco, Asian and Pacific Islander Institute on Domestic Violence; 2009.

56% of Filipinas and 64% of Indian and Pakistani women had experienced sexual violence by an intimate partner in a study interviewing 143 women.

Yoshihoma, M et al. Life course Experiences of Intimate Partner Violence and Help seeking among Filipino, Indian and Pakistani women: Implications for Justice System Responses. Washington, DC: National Institute of Justice; 2011.

More than three women and one man are murdered by their intimate partners in United States every day.

Bureau of Justice Statistics, Intimate Partner Violence in the US.2006.

Shelter services provided to women at risk led to a 60 to 70% reduction in incidence and severity of re-assault.

Campbell, JC, RN, FAAN, .Anna D.Wolf, John Hopkins University School of Nursing, Protective Action and Re-assault, from the Rave Study.

The health related costs of domestic violence are staggering. The costs exceed $ 5.8 billion each year.

Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Costs of Intimate Partner Violence Against women in the United States, 2003.

Approximately three out of four Americans personally know someone who has been a victim of domestic violence.

All State Foundation National Poll on Domestic Violence, 2006.

Dating Violence

About one in five female high school students reports being physically and /or sexually abused by a dating partner.

Jay Silverman, PhD; Anita Raj, PhD; Lorelei Mucci, MPH and Jeanne Hathaway, MD, MPH, Journal of the American Medical Association, vol 286, No.5, 2001.

Forty Percent of girls in the age range of 14 to 17 report knowing someone their age who has been hit, slapped or pushed by a partner.

Children Now/ Kaiser Permanente Poll, 1995.

Domestic Violence and Children

It is reported that in a national survey of American families, 50% of the men who frequently abused their wives also frequently abused their children.

American Families. New Brunswick: Transaction Publishers.

As suggested by research studies, between 3 to 10 million children witness some form of domestic violence annually.

Carlson, Bonnnie E (1984) Children’s observations of Interpersonal Violence in A, R, Roberts (ED) Battered women and their families, NY, Springer, Strauss, M.A (1992


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