Domestic Violence Facts

  • One in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. (1)
  • An estimated 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner each year. (2)
  • Historically, females have been most often victimized by someone they knew. (3)
  • Almost one-third of female homicide victims that are reported in police records are killed by an intimate partner. (4)
  • In 70-80% of intimate partner homicides, no matter which partner was killed, the man physically abused the woman before the murder. (5)
  • Intimate partner violence results in more than 18.5 million mental health care visits each year. (2)
  • Sexual assault or forced sex occurs in approximately 40-45% of battering relationships. (7)
  • Domestic violence is one of the most chronically underreported crimes. (6)
  • 44% of women murdered by an intimate partner visited an emergency room in the two years prior to their deaths. (7)
  • In 2008, 24 hour survey of domestic violence programs across the nation found that over 60,000 victims were served in one day. Unfortunately, due to lack of resources, there were almost 9,000 unmet requests for services. (8)
  • In 2008, the National Domestic Violence Hotline received 236,907 calls, but over 29,000 of those calls went unanswered due to lack of resources. (8)
  • As communities continue to experience job loss and decreased community resources, 87% of programs reported a rise in demand for services, while at the same time 84% of programs reported a decrease in funding. (9)
  • 39% of cities cited domestic violence as the primary cause of family homelessness. (10)
  • The United States Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Statistics estimates that 3.4 million persons said they were victims of stalking during a 12-month period in 2005 and 2006. (11)
  • Women of all ages are at risk for domestic and sexual violence, and those age 20 to 24 are at the greatest risk of experiencing nonfatal intimate partner violence. (12)
  • There have been over 2,000,000 calls to the National Domestic Violence Hotline since its inception in 1996. (13)



  1. Tjaden, Patricia & Thoennes, Nancy. National Institute of Justice and the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention. Extent, Nature and Consequences of Intimate Partner Violence: Findings from the National Violence Against Women Survey (2000).
  2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Centers for Injury Prevention and Control. Atlanta, GA. Costs of Intimate Partner Violence Against Women in the United States. 2003
  3. U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics. Criminal Victimization, 2005 (2006).
  4. Federal Bureau of Investigation, Uniform Crime Reports. Crime in the United States, 2000 (2001).
  5. Campbell, et al. (2003). “Assessing Risk Factors for Intimate Partner Homicide.” Intimate Partner Homicide, NIJ Journal, 250, 14-19. Washington, D.C.: National Institute of Justice, U.S. Department of Justice.
  6. U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics. Criminal Victimization (2003).
  7. The Journal of Trauma Injury, Infection, and Critical Care. Predicting Future Injury Among Women in Abusive Relationships (2004).
  8. 8 The National Network to End Domestic Violence. Domestic Violence count 2007- A 24-Hour census of domestic violence shelters and services across the United States (January 2008).
  9. The National Network to End Domestic Violence. 2010 Missouri Domestic Violence Counts – A 24-Hour census of domestic violence shelters and services across the United States (January 2011).
  10. U.S. Conference of Mayors, 2007
  11. Baum, Katrina, Catalano, Shannan, Rand, Michael and Rose, Kristina. 2009. Stalking Victimization in the United States. U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics.
  12. Catalano, Shannan. 2007. Intimate Partner Violence in the United States. U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics.
  13. National Domestic Violence Hotline 2008 Annual Report.