Domestic Violence

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  • On average, more than 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men in the US will experience rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner. (
  • 1 in 10 high school students has experienced physical violence from a partner in the last year alone. Statistics like these demand that we all commit ourselves to ending abuse for good. (
  • An average of 24 people per minute are victims of rape, physical violence or stalking by an intimate partner in the United States — more than 12 million women and men over the course of a single year. (Black, et. al., 2011)
  • 1 in 4 women (24.3%) and 1 in 7 men (13.8%) aged 18 and older in the US have been the victim of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime. (Black, et. al., 2011)
  • Intimate partner violence alone affects more than 12 million people every year. (Black, et. al., 2011)
  • One study found that children exposed to violence in the home were 15 times more likely to be physically and/or sexually assaulted than the national average.
  • Female intimate partners are more likely to be killed with a firearm than all other means combined.
  • The presence of a gun in domestic violence situations increases the risk of homicide for women by 500%. More than half of women killed by gun violence are killed by family members or intimate partners.
  • 43.8% of lesbian women and 61.1% of bisexual women have experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner at some point in their lifetime, as opposed to 35% of heterosexual women.
  • In a study of male same sex relationships, only 26% of men called the police for assistance after experiencing near-lethal violence.
  • Transgender victims are more likely to experience intimate partner violence in public, compared to those who do not identify as transgender.
  • LGBTQ Black/African American victims are more likely to experience physical intimate partner violence, compared to those who do not identify as Black/African American.

Helpful Links:

Who Will Help Me?  – A study conducted by the National Domestic Violence Hotline and the University of Kentucky.

Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence

National Domestic Violence Hotline

National LGBTQ Institute on IPV

National Resource Center on Domestic Violence

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Black, M.C., Basile, K.C., Breiding, M.J., Smith, S.G., Walters, M.L., Merrick, M.T., Chen, J., & Stevens, M.R. (2011). The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS): 2010 Summary Report. Atlanta, GA: National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.