Domestic Violence Overview and Resources

Between 2 and 4 million women annually are victimized by domestic violence.

In 1991, at least 21,000 domestic violence crimes against women were reported to the police every week.

Approximately 52% of women visiting hospital emergency rooms report at least one incident of violence during their lifetime.

Most children in homes in which domestic violence occurs witness abuse and suffer secondary psychological effects, including aggressive behavior and depression. Male children who witness abuse are more likely to become abusers themselves as adults, creating a vicious, intergenerational cycle of violent behavior.


National Domestic Violence Hotline
Staffed 24 hours a day by trained counselors who can provide crisis assistance and information about shelters, legal advocacy, health care centers, and counseling.

If you need help right now!
1-800-787-3224 (TTY)

Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network (RAINN)
Hotline, 24 hours a day – 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)
Search for your local rape crisis center online.

The Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network will automatically transfer you to the rape crisis center nearest you, anywhere in the nation. It can be used as a last resort if people cannot find a domestic violence shelter.

U.S. Department of Justice Violence Against Women
For information on regional information and other resources, including government press releases and statements. Other shelter information can be found on our Sexual Assault Resources page.

Feminist Majority Foundation
For more information on domestic violence, see the Feminist Majority Foundation Domestic Violence Information Center

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