Google Fact Sheet on Domestic Violence

Fact Sheet on Domestic Violence

•  One in four women will fall victim to domestic violence at some point in her life.

•  One in five men will become a domestic violence victim at some time in his life.

•  85 percent of domestic violence victims are women. An estimated 1.3 million American women are victimized each year.

•  A majority of domestic violence incidents are never reported to police. It’s estimated that a mere 25 percent of physical assaults are ever reported.

•  It’s estimated that between 40 to 45 percent of relationships involving domestic violence also include sexual battery and/or rape.

•  Fewer than 20 percent of all rapes that occur in a domestic abuse situation are ever reported to the authorities.

•  Less than 20 percent of women who are injured during an act of domestic violence seek medical treatment for their injuries.

•  Children who witness acts of domestic violence involving their parents are at the highest risk of becoming an abuser in the future. Children tend to model their parents’ behavior, which results in the perpetuation of the domestic abuse cycle from one generation to another.

•  Males are more than twice as likely to become an abuser if they’re raised in a household where they’re exposed to acts of domestic violence involving their parents.

•  Domestic violence has a high correlation with mental illness. Domestic abuse victims account for more than 18.5 million mental health care appointments each year in the United States alone.

•  One-third of all murdered women are domestic violence victims who were killed by their abusers.

•  In the U.S., the cost of domestic violence broaches $6 billion dollars per year. Of

this expenditure, health care (mental health and treatment for physical injuries) accounts for more than $4 billion.

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