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Domestic Violence


The following statistics are drawn from a diverse set of sources. Even at their most conservative, estimates point to a problem of devastating proportions.

Prevalence of Domestic Violence

On average more than three women a day are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends in the United States. In 2005, 1,181 women were murdered by an intimate partner. - Bureau of Justice Statistics, Intimate Partner Violence in the United States, 2007.

In 2008, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published data collected in 2005 that finds that women experience two million injuries from intimate partner violence each year. - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Adverse Health Conditions and Health Risk Behaviors Associated with Intimate Partner Violence, 2008.

1 in 3 women have experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime. - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, 2010.

Women are much more likely than men to be victimized by a current or former intimate partner. Women are 84 percent of spouse abuse victims and 86 percent of victims of abuse at the hands of a boyfriend or girlfriend and about three-fourths of the persons who commit family violence are male. - Bureau of Justice Statistics, National Crime Victimization Survey: 2007, 2008; Bureau of Justice Statistics, Family Violence Statistics, 2005.

Women of all ages are at risk for domestic and sexual violence, and those age 20 to 24 are at the greatest risk of experiencing nonfatal intimate partner violence. - Bureau of Justice Statistics, Intimate Partner Violence in the United States, 2007.

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