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.
  • 80% of homeless women with children have experienced domestic violence.10
  • 63% of homeless women have been victims of intimate partner violence as adults.10
  • 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.10
  • Approximately 50% of all women who are homeless report that domestic violence was the immediate cause of their homelessness.10