50 Facts About Domestic Violence
Number of U.S. troops killed in Afghanistan and Iraq: 6,614:
Number of women, in the same period, killed as the result of domestic violence in the US: 11,766
Number of people per minute who experience intimate partner violence in the U.S.: 24
Number of workplace violence incidents in the U.S. annually that are the result of current or past intimate partner assaults: 18,700
Number of women in the U.S. who report intimate partner violence: 1 in 4
Number of men in the U.S. who report intimate partner violence: 1 in 7*
Number of women who will experience partner violence worldwide: 1 in 3
Order of causes of death for European women ages 16-44: domestic violence, cancer, traffic accidents
Increase in likelihood that a woman will die a violent death if a gun in present in the home: 270 percent
Number of women killed by spouses who were shot by guns kept by men in the home in France and South Africa: 1 in 3
Percentage of the 900 million small arms that are kept in the home, worldwide: 75
Country in which 943 women were killed in honor killings in 2011: Pakistan
City in which man “butchered” his wife in front of their six children in 2012: Berlin
States in which man decapitated his wife with a chainsaw in 2010 and another man did the same, respectively: Texas and New York
Percentages of people killed in the U.S. by an intimate partner: 30 percent of women, 5.3 percent of men.
Number of gay and transsexual men who experience domestic violence in the U.S.: 2 in 5 (similar to heterosexual women)
Percentage of the 31 Senate votes cast against the Violence Against Women Act that came from older, white, male Republicans: 95.8
Percentage of the 31 Senate votes cast against the Violence Against Women Act that came from a younger, male Republicans, at least one of whom sits on the Science Committee but is unable to say how old the Earth is: 4.2
Number of legal, medical, professional, faith-based and advocacy groups that signed a letter protesting the stripped-down VAWA: 300
First year that the Republican-led House of Representatives eroded VAWA of provisions designed to increase protections for Native Americans, immigrant women, members of the LGTBQ community and, yes, men: 2012
Estimated number of children, worldwide, exposed to domestic violence everyday: 10,000,000
Worldwide, likelihood that a man who grew up in a household with domestic violence grows up to be an abuser: 3 to 4 times more likely than if he hadn’t.
Chance that a girl of high school age in the U.S. experiences violence in a dating relationship: 1 in 3
Percentage of teen rape and abuse victims who report their assailant as an intimate: 76
Percentage of U.S. cities citing domestic abuse as the primary cause of homelessness: 50
Percentage of homeless women reporting domestic abuse: 63
Percentage of homeless women with children reporting domestic abuse: 92
Percentage of women with disabilities who report violence: 40
Annual cost of domestic violence in the U.S. related to health care: $5.8 billion
Annual cost of domestic violence in the U.S. related to emergency care plus legal costs, police work, lost productivity: 37 billion dollars
Annual number of jobs lost in the U.S. as a result of intimate partner violence: 32,000
Percentage change between 1980 and 2008 of women and men killed by intimate partners in the U.S.: 43 percent to 45 percent; (m) 10 percent to 5 percent
Average cost of emergency care for domestic abuse related incidents for women and men according to the CDC: $948.00 for women, $387 for men
Increase in portrayals of violence against girls and women on network TV during a five year period ending in 2009: 120 percent
The number one cause of death for African American women ages 15-34 according to the American Bar Association: homicide at the hands of a partner
Chance that a lesbian** in the U.S. will experience domestic (not necessarily intimate partner) violence: 50 percent
Chances that a gay man experiences domestic violence: 2 out of 5*
Ratio of women shot and killed by a husband or intimate partner compared to the total number of murders of men by strangers using any time of weapon, from 2002 homicide figures: 3X
Number of people who will be stalked in their lifetimes: 1 in 45 men and 1 in 12 women (broken out: 17 percent of American Indian and Alaska Native women; 8.2 percent of white women, 6.5 pecent of African American women, and 4.5 percent of Asian/Pacific Islander women)
Percentage of stalkers identified as known to victims: 90.3
Percentage of abused women in the U.S. who report being strangled by a spouse in the past year: 33 to 47.3 (this abuse often leaves no physical signs)
According to one study, percentage of domestic abuse victims who are tried to leave after less severe violent and nonviolent instances of abuse: 66 versus less than 25
Average number of times an abuser hits his spouse before she makes a police report: 35
No. 1 and No. 2 causes of women’s deaths during pregnancy in the U.S.: Domestic homicide and suicide, often tied to abuse
Number of women killed by spouses who were shot by guns kept by men in the home in the United States: 2 in 3
Percentage of rape and sexual assault victims under the age of 18 who are raped by a family member: 34
Number of women killed everyday in the U.S. by a spouse: 3+
The primary reason cited by right-wing conservatives for objecting to the Violence Against Women Act: To protect the family.
Percentage reduction in reports of violence after men and women in South Africa went through an educational training program on health, domestic violence and gender norms: 55
Number of members of Congress who have gone through an educational training program on health, economics, violence, and gender norms: 0
Globally and domestically, violence against women is pandemic. And it primarily happens in the context of the home. Women are the overwhelming targets of intimate partner and domestic violence. Everyone suffers. The women suffer long term social, emotional, physical and economic trauma. Their children, likewise — girls being more likely to become victims, boys abusers. Men who abuse are untreated, controlling, violent and stripped of their humanity. The societal costs are great: everything from increased poverty and homelessness to maternal mortality and expensive emergency health care provisions. The drain on economies is deep and clear. And last, but certainly not least, violence in the home is the surest predictor of violence at the state level, a tolerance for such violence reflecting a propensity for militarization and war. These violences are preventable
I often hear something along these lines: if only these women would just LEAVE their abusers. It’s simple. A matter of poor choices and female weakness. In addition, everyone knows, women “gold diggers and frauds” lie about these things. Besides, why should we worry, as some point out in disgust, “Western women, with few exceptions, are safe and free,” these facts are “myths” and those loopy feminists and bleeding heart liberals exaggerate so that they can ruin men’s lives and drive them to hell in a hand cart.
What more do you want?
What more stats and figures do you want?
I came across a man today who simply said domestic abuse is not his problem, he claimed the women are simply attention seekers and so are does who claim to fight against it and try to rehabilitate the victims,these figures are global figures, the US stats are mainly used because the activists are not afraid to speak out and do research,I urge us Africans and Nigerians to speak out openly against domestic abuse and not just sigh when stories of abuse come up,the future of our children depend on what we do today.
Partly Written By Soraya Chemaly (Huffington Post)
Partly Written By Emmanuel Ameh