Mother snuggling with her two children at homeThe Numbers

Domestic violence is widespread and impacts families, businesses, and communities across the United States. 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 and more than 1 in 9 men have experienced sexual violence, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner and suffered significant impact like PTSD or injury.1
  • On average, 20 people per minute experienced rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner in the U.S. – that’s more than 10 million individuals a year.2
  • Over half (55%) of all female homicide victims are killed by intimate partners.3
  • The presence of a gun in domestic violence situations increases the risk of homicide for women by 500%.4

Financial abuse

  • Between 94-99% of domestic violence survivors experience financial abuse.5
  • Domestic violence survivors lose a total of nearly 8 million days of paid work or the equivalent of more than 32,000 full-time jobs.6
  • The costs of intimate partner rape, physical assault, and stalking exceed $5.8 billion each year, nearly $4.1 billion of which is spent on medical and mental health care.6

Children and domestic violence

  • 1 in 15 children is exposed to intimate partner violence each year, and 90% of these children are eyewitnesses to violence.7

Teens and dating violence

  • Nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner in a single year.8
  • 1 in 3 adolescents in the U.S. experiences physical, sexual, emotional, or verbal abuse from a dating partner.8
  • 1 in 10 high school students has been purposefully hit, slapped, or physically hurt by a dating partner.8

Domestic violence and homelessness

  • More than one-third of domestic violence survivors become homeless immediately after separating from their partner.9
  • 80% of homeless women with children have experienced domestic violence.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