Domestic Violence Information

Domestic Violence Facts

  • Domestic violence is the willful intimidation, assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior perpetrated by an intimate partner against another.
  • It is an epidemic affecting individuals in every community, regardless of age, economic status, race, religion, nationality, or educational background.
  • Violence against women is often accompanied by emotionally abusive and controlling behavior, and thus is part of a systematic pattern of dominance and control.
  • Domestic violence results in physical injury, psychological trauma, and sometimes death.
  • The consequences of domestic violence can cross generations and truly last a lifetime.
  • 1 in every 4 women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime.
  • 1 in 6 women have experienced an attempted or completed rape.
  • An estimated 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner each year.
  • Almost one-third of female homicide victims that are reported in police records are killed by an intimate partner.
  • Boys who witness domestic violence are twice as likely to abuse their own partners and children when they become adults.