- Domestic violence affects nearly 25-percent of the women in the United States.
~FBI statistics show that 1 out of every 4 women is a victim of domestic violence at least once her lifetime. In more than half of the cases where men are assaulting their partners they are also assaulting their children.
- Domestic violence often produces serious injuries.
~Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury for women age 15 to 44. According to the U.S. Surgeon General, 1 out of every 5 women battered by their partner has been victimized repeatedly by the same person.
- Married women are not the only victims of domestic violence.
People who are dating, separated, living together, divorced, have a child in common and/or are married can be abused.
- Leaving an abusive relationship is difficult.
The most dangerous time for a woman in an abusive relationship is when she leaves according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
- Most battered women leave violent relationships.
Almost all women involved in an abusive relationship leave at least once, and many battered women leave their abuser permanently and succeed in building a new life free of violence.
- Domestic violence crosses all boundaries.
Victims of domestic violence are found in all walks of life. Domestic violence occurs among all socio-economic classes and isn't bounded by ethnicity, religious or social background, or sexual orientation.
- Women are not just as violent as men.
The perpetrator of violence in a relationship is a man in 97 percent of domestic assaults.