Domestic Violence Statistics You Need To Know

Updated March 09, 2020
Medically Reviewed By: Karen Devlin, LPC

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Do you know everything you should know about domestic violence? If you've never been a victim, then chances are there are plenty of things that you don't know. Of course, even those who have suffered through domestic violence likely don't know everything about it. The domestic violence statistics are overwhelming, and they most definitely will change the way you think about it. Take a look at these and see just how prevalent domestic violence is, and just what it's doing within our society.

Domestic Violence Statistics

  • It's estimated that 20 people are physically abused each minute within the United States, counting only those abused by an intimate partner
  • Approximately 10 million men and women are abused in a year by an intimate partner within the United States
  • Approximately 34% of those who are injured by a domestic partner will seek medical care
  • Approximately 15% of all violent crimes are intimate partner violence
  • Over 20,000 phone calls are made to domestic violence hotlines in a single day
  • A gun during a domestic violence situation increases chances of homicide by 500%
  • 72% of murder-suicides involve an intimate partner
  • Victims of domestic violence have a higher likelihood of depression and suicidal behavior
  • Domestic violence victims nationwide miss approximately 8 million days of work per year
  • Domestic violence victims nationwide lose approximately $8.3 billion per year
  • Up to 60% of domestic violence victims lose their jobs as a side effect of the abuse

Domestic Violence Stats On Women

  • 1 in 3 women has been a victim of physical violence from an intimate partner
  • 1 in 4 women has been a victim of severe physical violence from an intimate partner
  • 1 in 7 women has been the victim of stalking by an intimate partner to the point that they believed they or someone they knew could be injured or killed.
  • Women 18-24 are most likely to abuse by an intimate partner
  • 1 in 5 women within the United States has been raped
  • An acquaintance has raped approximately 46.7% of women who have been raped
  • An intimate partner raped approximately 45.4% of women raped by an acquaintance
  • Approximately 19.3 million women have been stalked
  • 8% of women report being stalked by a current or former intimate partner
  • Women in domestic violence situations are more likely to contract STI's
  • 94% of victims of the murder-suicide involving an intimate partner are female
  • 4 in 10 women have experienced coercive control from an intimate partner
  • 95% of male abusers who use physical abuse will also use psychological abuse
  • Approximately 48.4% of women experienced at least one episode of psychologically aggressive behavior from their partner
  • Approximately 17.9% of women experienced a domestic partner attempting to keep them from seeing loved ones
  • Approximately 18.7% of women experienced threats of some form of physical harm from a domestic partner
  • Women earning more than 65% of the household income are more likely to be psychologically abused than those who earn less

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Domestic Violence Stats on Men

  • 1 in 4 men has been a victim of physical violence from an intimate partner
  • 1 in 7 men has been a victim of severe physical violence from an intimate partner
  • 1 in 18 men has been the victim of stalking by an intimate partner to the point that they believed they or someone they knew could be injured or killed.
  • 1 in 71 men within the United States has been raped
  • 4 in 10 men have experienced at least one episode or form of coercive control from a domestic partner
  • An acquaintance has raped approximately 44.9% of men who have suffered rape
  • An intimate partner raped approximately 29% of men raped by an acquaintance
  • Approximately 48.8% of men have experienced at least one episode of psychological aggression from their intimate partner
  • Approximately 5.1 million men have been stalked
  • 5% of men report being stalked by a current or former intimate partner

What It Means To Be A Victim

In truth, no one can tell us what it means to be a victim unless they have experienced it, but what we do know is that victims are more likely to suffer from depression and suicidal thoughts or actions. They are more likely to miss work, to lose money and to even lose their jobs because of some side effect of the abuse. They are also at a higher likelihood of death at the hands of their abuser.

Men and women are victims of this horrible crime, and it's up to all of us to do something about the situation and to help them find solutions to what they are going through.

Being a victim is a terrible experience for anyone, something that no one can fully comprehend, but there is something that can be done about it. For anyone that is currently experiencing domestic violence or who are struggling to get out of the situation, it is imperative that you seek out professional help as well as the help and support of family and friends. There are plenty of people around you who would love to help you out of any difficult situation and who would do anything for you, finding those people and getting all the support you can is the first step.

Getting Help

Getting help is a complicated process for anyone suffering from domestic violence. But there is help out there in the form of friends and family, law enforcement, and mental health professionals. ReGain is one way that you can seek out mental health support once you have left a domestic violence situation or when you are trying to decide what to do within one.

With this system, you can meet with a professional from anywhere that you feel comfortable and all you need is internet access. This makes it easier for you to get in touch and much more comfortable for you to hold your sessions as well. With this service, there's no reason you need to miss a meeting or venture out to a therapists office.

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