Facts About Domestic Violence
FBI statistics indicate that every 12 seconds a woman is beaten by her husband, boyfriend, or lover.
Battering happens to women of every culture, age, color, nationality and educational socio-economic level.
- Of the children who witness domestic violence, 60% of the boys eventually become batterers, and 50% of the girls become victims.
- Police officers spend at least 1/3 of their time responding to domestic violence calls.
- 64% of all women will be battered at some time in their lives.
- 60% of battered women are beaten while they are pregnant.
- 95% of all spousal assaults are committed by men.
- 81% of men who batter had fathers who abused their mothers.
- Children raised in violent homes are 74% more likely to commit assault.
- 6 million American women are beaten each year by their husbands or boyfriends. 4,000 of them are killed.
- 52% of female murder victims are killed by their partners.
- Battering is the single major cause of injury to women — more frequent than auto accidents, muggings, and rapes combined. It is the leading cause of emergency room visits by women.
- 1 in 4 female suicides were victims of family violence.
- Nine women in the U.S. Virgin Islands have died as a result of domestic violence since 1994