Did You Know?
Every 9 seconds in the US a woman is assaulted or beaten.
Around the world, at least one in every three women has been beaten, forced into sex or otherwise abused during her lifetime. Most often, the abuser is a member of her own family.
Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women-more than car accidents, muggings, and rapes combined.
Studies suggest that up to 10 million children witness some form of domestic violence annually .
Everyday in the US more than three women are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends.
Ninety-two percent of women surveyed listed domestic violence and sexual assault as their top concern.
Based on reports from 10 countries, between 55 percent and 95 percent who have been physically abused by their partners had never contacted non-governmental organizations, shelters, or the police for help.
Men who as children witnessed their parents domestic violence were twice as likely to abuse their own wives than sons of nonviolent parents.
- Children who've experienced domestic violence often meet the diagnostic criteria for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and the effects on their brain are similar to those experienced by combat veterans.
- Living with domestic violence significantly alters a child's DNA ageing them prematurely 7-10 years
- Children in homes with violence are physically abused or seriously neglected at a rate 1500% higher than the national average.
- Those who grow up with domestic violence are 6 times more likely to commit suicide and 50% more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol.
- If you grow up with domestic violence, you're 74% more likely to commit a violent crime against someone else.