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. 

More Facts

  • 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.