This event occurs:
October 20, 2011 7:30 pm to 8:15 pm
Nobody deserves to physically, emotionally, verbally, sexually or psychologically abused; it is inhumane and immoral. Unfortunately in our society many, women and children, even men and the elderly encounter some form of domestic abuse. A lot of victims of abuse feel shame and a sense of hopelessness. If you know of or are somebody who is suffering from domestic please contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1−800−799−SAFE(7233) or TTY 1−800−787−3224 or http://www.thehotline.org/.
• One in four women (25%) has experienced domestic violence in her lifetime.
• Estimates range from 960,000 incidents of violence against a current or former spouse,
boyfriend, or girlfriend to 3 million women who are physically abused by their husband
or boyfriend per year.
• Women accounted for 85% of the victims of intimate partner violence, men for
• Between 600,000 and 6 million women are victims of domestic violence each year, and
between 100,000 and 6 million men, depending on the type of survey used to obtain the
• Women ages 20-24 are at the greatest risk of nonfatal intimate partner violence.
• Between 1993 and 2004, intimate partner violence on average made up 22% of nonfatal
intimate partner victimizations against women. The same year, intimate partners
committed 3% of all violent crime against men.
• Separated and divorced males and females are at a greater risk of nonfatal intimate
• Women of all races are about equally vulnerable to violence by an intimate partner.
• Average annual rates of intimate partner victimization between 1994 and 2004 are approximately the same for non-Hispanic and Hispanic females and males.
• Intimate partner violence affects people regardless of income. However, people with
lower annual income (below $25K) are at a 3-times higher risk of intimate partner
violence than people with higher annual income (over $50K).*
• On average between 1993 and 2004, residents of urban areas experienced highest level
of nonfatal intimate partner violence. Residents in suburban and rural areas were equally
likely to experience such violence, about 20% less than those in urban areas.
• Nearly 2.2 million people called a domestic violence crisis or hot line in 2004 to escape
crisis situations, seek advice, or assist someone they thought might be victims.
• Studies show that access to shelter services leads to a 60-70% reduction in incidence and
severity of re-assault during the 3-12 months’ follow up period compared to women who
did not access shelter. Shelter services led to greater reduction in severe re-assault than
did seeking court or law enforcement protection, or moving to a new location.
• Nearly three out of four (74%) of Americans personally know someone who is or has
been a victim of domestic violence. 30% of Americans say they know a woman who has
been physically abused by her husband or boyfriend in the past year.
Domestic violence homicides
• On average, more than three women and one man are murdered by their intimate partners
in this country every day. In 2000, 1,247 women were killed by an intimate partner.
The same year, 440 men were killed by an intimate partner. Intimate partner homicides
accounted for 30% of the murders of women and 5% percent of the murders of men.
• Most intimate partner homicides occur between spouses, though boyfriends/girlfriends
have committed about the same number of homicides in recent years.
• The health-related costs of intimate partner violence exceed $5.8 billion each year. Of
that amount, nearly $4.1 billion are for direct medical and mental health care services,
and nearly $1.8 billion are for the indirect costs of lost productivity or wages.
• About half of all female victims of intimate violence report an injury of some type, and about 20 percent of them seek medical assistance.
• Thirty-seven percent of women who sought treatment in emergency rooms for violence-
related injuries in 1994 were injured by a current or former spouse, boyfriend or
• Approximately one in five female high school students reports being physically and/or
sexually abused by a dating partner.
• Forty percent of girls age 14 to 17 report knowing someone their age who has been hit or
beaten by a boyfriend.
• One in five teens in a serious relationship reports having been hit, slapped, or pushed
by a partner. 14% of teens report their boyfriend or girlfriend threatened to harm them
or themselves to avoid a breakup. Many studies indicate that as a dating relationship
becomes more serious, the potential for and nature of violent behavior also escalates.
• Date rape accounts for almost 70% of sexual assaults reported by adolescent and college
age women; 38% of those women are between 14 and 17 years old.
Domestic violence and children
• In a national survey of American families, 50% of the men who frequently assaulted their
wives also frequently abused their children.
• On average between 1993 and 2004, children under age 12 were residents of households
experiencing intimate partner violence in 43% of incidents involving female victims and
25% of incidents involving male victims.
• Studies suggest that between 3.3 – 10 million children witness some form of domestic
**Stats provided by http://www.evefoundation.org **