Mother snuggling with her two children at homeThe Numbers

Domestic violence is widespread and impacts families, homes and communities across the U.S. Educating yourself and others about domestic abuse is a crucial first step to building safe, stable and thriving communities that stand together against violence.

  • More than 1 in 4 women (27%) and more than 1 in 10 men (12%) have experienced sexual violence, physical violence or stalking by an intimate partner and suffered significant impacts such as PTSD and injury as a result.1
  • On average, 24 people per minute experience rape, physical violence or stalking by an intimate partner in the U.S. – more than 12 million women and men over the course of a year.2
  • 3 women are murdered every day by a current or former male partner in the U.S.3
  • In domestic violence homicides, women are 6 times more likely to be killed when there is a gun in the home.4
  • The Federal Bureau of Investigation estimates that intimate partners account for 42% of female and 7% of male murders.5

Economic Abuse

  • Economic abuse occurs in 98% of abusive relationships.6

Children and Domestic Violence

  • 10 million children are exposed to domestic violence in the U.S. each year.7
  • 1 in 15 children is exposed to intimate partner violence each year, and 90% of these children are eyewitnesses to this violence.8

Teens and Dating Violence

  • Nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner in a single year.9
  • 1 in 3 adolescents in the U.S. experiences physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner.9
  • 1 in 10 high school students has been purposefully hit, slapped or physically hurt by a boyfriend or girlfriend.9

Domestic Violence and Homelessness

  • Domestic violence is a leading cause of homelessness for women and children.
  • The fear of becoming homeless is one of the main reasons domestic violence survivors will stay with their abusers. If domestic violence victims are not able to secure safe housing, 60% will return to their abusers, 27% will become homeless and 11% will start living in their cars.10
  • 80% of homeless women with children have experienced domestic violence.11
  • 63% of homeless women have been victims of intimate partner violence as adults.11
  • By age 12, 83% of homeless children have been exposed to at least one serious violent event and nearly 25% have witnessed acts of violence within their families.11
  • Approximately 50% of all women who are homeless report that domestic violence was the immediate cause of their homelessness.11