5 Domestic Violence Statistics You Should Know About
Did you know that north of 10 million women and men are physically abused by an intimate partner in the U.S. every year?
According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, that works out to almost 20 people every minute. That’s a mind-boggling statistic underscoring a severe problem. Unfortunately, that’s not the only surprising thing about domestic violence in the U.S.
Continue reading to learn about five statistics or facts about domestic assault that you should know.
- Children Often Witness the Abuse
According to one source, kids witnessed violence in close to one in four -- 22% -- intimate violence cases that were filed in state courts. Another source notes that between 3.3 million and 10 million kids are exposed to adult domestic violence annually.
Unfortunately, violence often begets violence because children who witness violence between their parents are more likely to resort to violence in their future relationships. Domestic violence can lay the groundwork for a generational curse where kids repeat the aggression they saw.
- Domestic Violence Is the Leading Cause of Injury to Women
Another interesting finding is that domestic violence is the primary cause of injury to women. In fact, more women are injured because of domestic violence than are injured in rapes, car accidents, and muggings combined. That sheds more light on the extent of domestic violence.
Unfortunately, domestic violence is a reality in the lives of many. You likely know someone who has experienced it. Maybe it’s something you, too, can relate to in your own life. And while most of the victims of domestic violence are women, that doesn’t mean men don’t face abuse.
Whether you’re a man or woman, you should always take action if facing abuse of any kind. Report the incident to the authorities, put some physical distance between you and your abuser, consider seeing a counselor for help, and carefully plan your next steps.
If you ever face domestic violence charges, you must call a lawyer. Legal representation is essential whether or not you’re guilty of the charges. You need a criminal defense lawyer to advise and represent you since your freedom, reputation, and more are at stake.
- 50% of Homeless Women Are Escaping Domestic Violence
Yet another statistic that might surprise you is that half of all homeless women and kids in the U.S. are escaping domestic violence situations. One source notes that women and kids represent the fastest-growing group of the U.S. homeless population. It adds that single mothers lacking financial or emotional backing lead nine in 10 of the homeless families. And domestic violence is the main contributing factor for the growing number of homeless women.
- Domestic Violence Costs Billions Every Year
According to one source, intimate partner violence adds up to costs of $8.3 billion annually in the U.S. It adds that victims of intimate violence lose a combined 8 million days of paid work annually. It's also worth noting that anywhere from 21% to 60% of domestic violence survivors lose their jobs because of reasons stemming from intimate partner violence.
- Rape, Physical Violence, and Stalking Pervasive
Around one in three women and one in four men have experienced domestic violence in the form of rape, physical violence, or stalking in their lifetime by an intimate partner. That's according to the National Domestic Violence Hotline, which adds that close to 15% of women and 4% of men have been hurt due to intimate partner violence that included rape, physical violence, or stalking.
You’ll likely agree that these statistics and findings are shocking and demonstrate a problem for many women, children, and men. Anyone facing this problem needs to get help without delay.