Mother snuggling with her two children at homeThe Numbers

Domestic violence is widespread and impacts families, homes 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 (27%) and more than 1 in 9 men (11%) have experienced sexual violence, physical violence or stalking by an intimate partner and suffered significant impacts such as PTSD or injury as a result.1
  • On average, 20 people per minute experience rape, physical violence or stalking by an intimate partner in the U.S. – that’s more than 10 million women and men over the course of one 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 experienced 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 exceeds $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 this 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 boyfriend or girlfriend.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