Domestic Violence Statistics

A 1992 national survey by the Family Violence Prevention Fund found that 13% of women surveyed had been physically attacked by their partner.

According to the FBI, domestic violence claims the lives of four women each day.1

A Philadelphia study found that 20% of women presenting with injuries at emergency rooms were victims of domestic violence.2

A 1988 study by the National Women Abuse Prevention Project found that physical abuse of women resulted in more injuries to women than rape, muggings and automobile accidents combined.
In 1992, the Senate Judiciary Committee reported that 1 in 5 of all aggravated assaults reported to the police were aggravated assaults in the home.3

There exist 3 times more animal shelters than battered women’s shelters in the United States.4

The rate at which women separated from their spouses suffered violent victimization was 128 per 1,000, or over 12 times that of never-married women, approximately twice that of divorced women, and more than 6 times the rate of married women.5

In 1991 at least 21,000 domestic crimes were reported against women every week.6

Women are 10 times more likely than men to be victimized by an intimate.7

1. “Violence Against Women: A National Crime Victimization Survey Report.” Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Justice, January 1994.
2. Medical Therapy as Repression: The Case of the Battered Woman and Wife Abuse: The Facts. Washington, DC: Center for Women’s Policy Studies, 1984.
Flitcraft, Ann and Stark, Evan. (1978) “Notes on the Social Construction of Battering.” Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography Vol. 10, pp. 82-83.
3,4,6. Violence Against Women: A Week in the Life of America. Washington, DC: Majority Staff of the Senate Judiciary Committee, U.S. Congress, 1992.
5. Sex Differences in Violent Victimization, 1994. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs and Bureau of Justice Statistics, September 1997, NCJ-164508
7. Violence Against Women in the United States. Washington, DC: NOW Web site.

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