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Facts About Domestic Violence

Domestic violence happens to women of all ages, cultural and educational backgrounds and socioeconomic levels.

FBI statistics indicate that every nine seconds a woman is assaulted or beaten.

  • Domestic violence is the number one cause of injury to women — more than auto accidents, muggings, and rapes combined. It is the leading cause of emergency room visits by women.
  • Women are much more likely than men to be victim of abuse by a current or former partner
  • Women are 85% of domestic violence victims
  • 60% of battered women are beaten while they are pregnant.
  • 67% of shelters saw an increase in women seeking assistance as a result of domestic violence
  • About 3/4 of the persons who commit family violence are male.
  • Children raised in violent homes are 74% more likely to commit assault.
  • Boys who witness domestic violence are twice as likely to abuse their partners and children when they become adults.
  • 52% of female murder victims are killed by their partners.
  • 1 in 4 female suicides were victims of family violence.
  • Since 1988, over 55 women have died as a result of domestic violence on St. Croix.


The Women's Coalition of St. Croix
P.O. Box 222734
Christiansted, VI 00822-2734

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