13 Frightening Facts About Domestic Violence

I’ve felt the pain of domestic violence. I’ve listened to my mother scream and cry. I’ve watched neighbors turn a blind eye. I don’t want anyone to experience the torment that my mother and I lived through. Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women — more than car accidents, muggings, and rapes combined (Source: Domestic Violence Statistics). In the U.S., a woman is abused or beaten every 9 seconds.

Abuse can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological. Domestic violence can happen to anyone of any race, age, sexual orientation, religion, or gender. It can happen to couples who are married, living together, or who are dating. Domestic violence affects people of all socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. I encourage men and women to do their part to help victims and stop the violence.

If you need more motivation to get involved, here are 13 Frightening Facts About Domestic Violence:

  • 13 Frightening Facts About Domestic Violence 1 of 14
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  • Domestic violence is more common than you think 2 of 14
    One in 4 women

    One in 4 women will experience domestic violence during her lifetime (Source: Safe Horizon)

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  • Young women are in the most danger 3 of 14
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    Young women between the ages 20 to 24 have the highest risk of becoming domestic violence victims (Source: Safe Horizon).

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  • Women and men are both victimized 4 of 14
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    Women experience more than 4 million physical assaults and rapes because of their partners, and men are victims of nearly 3 million physical assaults (Source: Safe Horizon)

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  • Domestic violence can lead to death 5 of 14
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    One in 3 female homicide victims is murdered by her current or former partner (Source: Safe Horizon).

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  • Children are not immune to domestic violence 6 of 14
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    Studies suggest that up to 10 million children witness some form of domestic violence annually (Source: Domestic Violence Statistics)

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  • Certain times of day are more dangerous than others 7 of 14
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    Although domestic violence can happen any time, it is most likely to occur between 6 pm and 6 am (Source: Safe Horizon)

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  • The home is not always a safe place 8 of 14
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    Domestic abuse can happen anywhere, but it's most likely to occur in the privacy of home. More than 60% of domestic violence incidents happen at home (Source: Safe Horizon)

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  • Domestic Violence can lead to homelessness 9 of 14
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    About 20% of homeless women report domestic violence or abuse as a reason for their homelessness, and 39% of homeless women surveyed in 23 U.S. cities reported that domestic violence was a primary cause of homelessness (Source: The National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty)

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  • Domestic violence also affects victims mentally and emotionally 10 of 14
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    Survivors of domestic violence face high rates of depression, sleep disturbances, anxiety, flashbacks, and other emotional distress (Source: Safe Horizon).

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  • Without counseling, young girls can become future victims 11 of 14
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    Girls who witness domestic violence are more vulnerable to abuse as teens and adults. Nearly 20% of teenage girls, who have been in a relationship, said a boyfriend threatened violence or self-harm (Source: Domestic Violence Statistics)

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  • Without counseling, boys can become abusers 12 of 14
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    Boys who witnessed their parents' domestic violence were twice as likely to abuse their own wives than sons of nonviolent parents (Source: Domestic Violence Statistics)

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  • Domestic Violence hurts the economy 13 of 14
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    Domestic violence costs more than $37 billion a year in law enforcement involvement, legal work, medical and mental health treatment, and lost productivity (Source: Safe Horizon)

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  • Most domestic violence incidents are never reported 14 of 14
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    Victims of domestic violence often suffer in silence.

    Based on reports from 10 countries, between 55 percent and 95 percent of women who had been physically abused by their partners had never contacted non-governmental organizations, shelters, or the police for help. (Source: Domestic Violence Statistics)

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