• 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men have been victims of severe physical violence (e.g. beating, burning, strangling) by an intimate partner in their lifetime.
  • 1 in 4 women and 1 in 9 men experience severe intimate partner physical violence, intimate partner contact sexual violence, and/or intimate partner stalking with impacts such as injury, fearfulness, post-traumatic stress disorder, use of victim services, contraction of sexually transmitted diseases, etc. 111
  • 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner. This includes a range of behaviors and in some cases might not be considered “domestic violence”. 112
  • 1 in 7 women and 1 in 25 men have been injured by an intimate partner. 113
  • 1 in 10 women have been raped by an intimate partner. No data on male victims.114
  • 1 in 7 women and 1 in 18 men have been stalked. Stalking causes the target to fear she/he/they or someone close to her/him/them will be harmed or killed. 115
  • On a typical day, domestic violence hotlines nationwide receive over 20,000 calls.116
  • An abuser’s access to a firearm increases the risk of intimate partner femicide by 400%.117
  • Intimate partner violence accounts for 15% of all violent crime.118
  • Intimate partner violence is most common against women between the ages of 18-24.119
  • 19% of intimate partner violence involves a weapon.120


  • 1 in 5 women and 1 in 59 male men in the United States is raped during her/his lifetime.121
  • 4% of women in the United States experience intimate partner sexual assault in their lifetimes. Almost half of female (46.7%) and male (44.9%) victims of rape in the United States were raped by an acquaintance. Of these, 45.4% of female rape victims and 29% of male rape victims were raped by an intimate partner.122


  • 3 million women and 5.1 million men in the United States have been stalked in their lifetime. 123
  • 2% of female stalking victims and 43.5% men reported stalking by a current or former intimate partner.124


  • 1 in 3 female murder victims and 1 in 20 male murder victims are killed by intimate partners.125
  • A study of intimate partner homicides found 20% of victims were family members or friends of the abused partner, neighbors, persons who intervened, law enforcement responders, or bystanders.126
  • 72% of all murder-suicides are perpetrated by intimate partners.127
  • 94% of murder-suicide victims are female. A study of intimate partner homicides found that 20% of victims were not the intimate partners themselves, but family members, friends, neighbors, persons who intervened, law enforcement responders, or bystanders.128


  • Victims of intimate partner violence are at increased risk of contracting HIV or other STI’s due to forced intercourse and/or prolonged exposure to stress.129
  • Studies suggest that there is a relationship between Intimate partner victimization is correlated with a higher rate of depression and suicidal behavior. 130
  • Only 34% of people who are injured by intimate partners receive medical care for their injuries. Physical, mental, and sexual and reproductive health effects have been linked with intimate partner violence including adolescent pregnancy, unintended pregnancy in general, miscarriage, stillbirth, intrauterine hemorrhage, nutritional deficiency, abdominal pain and other gastrointestinal problems, neurological disorders, chronic pain, disability, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), as well as noncommunicable diseases such as hypertension, cancer and cardiovascular diseases. Victims of domestic violence are also at higher risk for developing addictions to alcohol, tobacco, or drugs.131


  • Victims of intimate partner violence lose a total of 8,000,000 million days of paid work each year, the equivalent of 32,000 full-time jobs.132
  • Intimate partner violence is estimated to cost the US economy between $5.8 billion and $12.6 billion annually, up to 0.125% of the national gross domestic product.133
  • Between 21-60% of victims of intimate partner violence lose their jobs due to reasons stemming from the abuse.134
  • Between 2003 and 2008, 142 women were murdered in their workplace by former or current intimate partners. This amounts to 22% of workplace homicides among women.135


  • 1 in 15 children are exposed to intimate partner violence each year, and 90% of these children are eyewitnesses to this violence.136
  • The Department of Justice estimates that 10 million children in America see their mothers get physically abused every year.137
  • Studies have also shown that almost 70 percent of children under age 16 who are arrested for a crime were either abused themselves or witnessed abuse138, says Lisa Bloch Rodwin, the prosecutor who helped put Ulner Still behind bars.
  • According to the Bureau of Justice statistics, African American women are 35% more likely to be the victims of domestic violence than white women.139
  • It’s estimated that more than 20 women are killed by a romantic partner in the U.S. each week. Of those, half of them are African American.140
  • According to the CDC, over 3,500 women and girls were murdered in the United States in 2015.141 More than 500 were pregnant at the time of their murder.142
  • Also, 24% of violent offenders reported being under the influence of drugs at the time they committed their crime. In cases where victims and perpetrators are in a relationship, more than half of the offenders admitted to drinking or using drugs at the time the crime was committed.143
  • 1 in 3 women who are murdered in the U.S. each day are murdered by their husbands, boyfriends, or former ex-husbands or boyfriends.144 When spouses or partners cheat on one another in a relationship in domestic type murders infidelity is often part of the motive of someone’s death.
  • In 15 states, more than 40% of all homicides of women in each state involved intimate partner violence. 145
  • 85% of domestic violence victims are female, and 15% are male.146
  • Approximately 63% of homeless women have experienced domestic violence in their adult lives.147
  • Nearly half of all women and men in the US will experience psychological aggression by an intimate partner in their lifetime.148
  • Approximately 5 million children are exposed to domestic violence every year. Children exposed are more likely to attempt suicide, abuse drugs and alcohol, run away from home, engage in teenage prostitution, and commit sexual assault crimes.149
  • 40 million adult Americans grew up living with domestic violence. 150
  • Children from homes with violence are much more likely to experience significant psychological problems short- and long-term. 151
  • Children who’ve experienced domestic violence often meet the diagnostic criteria for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder(PTSD) and the effects on their brain are similar to those experienced by combat veterans. 152
  • Domestic violence in childhood is directly correlated with difficulties learning, lower IQ scores, deficiencies in visual-motor skills and problems with attention and memory.153
  • Living with domestic violence significantly alters a child’s DNA, aging them prematurely 7-10154
  • Children in homes with violence are physically abused or seriously neglected at a rate of 1500% higher than the national average.155
  • Those who grow up with domestic violence are 6 times more likely to commit suicide and 50% more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol.156
  • If you grow up with domestic violence, you’re 74% more likely to commit a violent crime against someone else.157
  • Children of domestic violence are 3 times more likely to repeat the cycle in adulthood, as growing up with domestic violence is the most significant predictor of whether or not someone will be engaged in domestic violence later in life.158
  • 40% of domestic violence cases have children under 18 in the home.159
  • 50% of batterers who abuse their intimate partners also abuse their children.160
  • 81% of women and 35% of men who experienced rape, stalking, or physical violence by an intimate partner reported significant short- or long-term impact such as post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms and injury.161
  • 4% of high school students report being hit, slapped, or physically hurt on purpose by their boyfriend or girlfriend in the last 12 months.162
  • Only 1 out of 3 people who are injured during a domestic violence incident will ever receive medical care for their injuries.163
  • Most cases of domestic violence are never reported to police.164
  • Men who are victimized are substantially less likely than women to report their situation to police.165

In December of 2017, the Huffington Posts wrote an article titled, 30 Shocking Domestic Violence Statistics That Remind Us It’s An Epidemic. The number of American troops killed in Afghanistan and Iraq between 2001 and 2012 was 6,488. The number of American women who were murdered by current or ex male partners during that time was 11,766. That’s nearly double the amount of casualties lost during war.166

Women are much more likely to be victims of intimate partner violence with 85 percent of domestic abuse victims being women and 15 percent men. Too many women have been held captive by domestic violence — whether through physical abuse, financial abuse, emotional abuse or a combination of all three.167 We are inundated with news stories about domestic violence, from athletes beating their significant others in public elevators or in their own homes to celebrities publicly abusing their girlfriends. This problem is not one that will go away quickly or quietly.168 Domestic violence is not a singular incident, it’s an insidious problem deeply rooted in our culture — and these numbers prove that. 169

3The number of women murdered every day by a current or former male partner in the U.S.170

38,028,000The number of women who have experienced physical intimate partner violence in their lifetimes.171 

40%Women with disabilities are 40% more likely to experience intimate partner violence- especially severe violence-than women without disabilities according to the American Psychological Association.172

4,774,000The number of women in the U.S. who experience physical violence by an intimate partner every year.173

1,509The number of women murdered by men they knew in 2011. Of the 1,509 women, 926 were killed by an intimate partner and 264 of those were killed by an intimate partner during an argument. CDC and Prevention.174

18,000The number of women who have been killed by men in domestic violence disputes since 2003.175

3 to 4- According to the World Health Organization, Worldwide, men who were exposed to domestic violence as children are 3 to 4 times more likely to perpetrate intimate partner violence as adults than men who did not experience domestic abuse as children.176

9 secondsA woman is beaten every 9 seconds in the U.S. according to Domestic Violence Statistics.177 

18,500,000The number of mental health care visits due to intimate partner violence.178

$948The average cost of emergency care for intimate partner violence-related incidents for women. The average cost for men is $387.179

IPV- Intimate Partner Violence is the leading cause of female homicide (femicide) and injury-related deaths during pregnancy according to the American Psychological Association. 180

98%– The % of financial abuse that occurs in all domestic violence cases. The number one reason domestic violence survivors stay or return to the abusive relationship is that the abuser controls their money supply, leaving them with no financial resources to break free. 184


2 in 5The number of gay or bisexual men who will experience intimate partner violence in their lifetimes. 181

50%The % of lesbian women who will experience domestic violence (not necessarily intimate partner violence) in their lifetimes. 182

81The percentage of women who are stalked by a current or former male partner who are also physically abused by that partner. 183

21The # of LGBTQIA+ people murdered by their intimate partners in 2013. 50% of them were people of color. The highest documented level of domestic violence homicide in the LGBTQIA+ community in history. 185

2.6xThe # of times more likely a transgender person of color will become a victim of intimate partner violence than a non-LGBTQIA+ person. 186


3rd Domestic violence is the 3rd leading cause of homelessness according to the National Coalition for the Homelessness. 187

70xThe # of times more likely a woman is to be murdered in the few weeks after leaving her abusive partner than at any other time in the relationship. 188

25%The percentage of physical assaults perpetrated against women that are reported to the police annually. 189

         CHILD ABUSE

  • Approximately, 5 children die every day because of child abuse. 190 In the U.S. between four and seven children on average die daily to child abuse and neglect.190,191
  • A report of child abuse is made every ten seconds. 190 Yearly, referrals to state child protective services involve 6 million children,and around 3.2 million of those children are subject to an investigated report.191 These agencies found in 2014, an estimated 702,000 victims of child maltreatment. 191
  • In 2017, state agencies identified an estimated 1,720 children who died as a result of abuse and neglect — between four and five children a day. 192 However, studies also indicate significant undercounting of child maltreatment fatalities by state agencies — by 50% or more. 192
  • More than 70% of the children who died as a result of child abuse or neglect were two years of age or younger. More than 80% were not yet old enough for kindergarten. 193
  • Around 80% of child maltreatment fatalities involve at least one parent as perpetrator.193
  • 1 in 3 girls and 1 out of 5 boys will be sexually abused before they reach age 18. 194
  • 90% of child sexual abuse victims know the perpetrator in some way. 68% are abused by a family member. 195
  • In 2012, 2% of child abuse perpetrators were found to be between the ages of 18-44, of which 39.6% were recorded to be between the ages of 25-34. 196
  • Boys (48.5%) Girls (51.2%) become victims at nearly the same rate. 197
  • 9 million cases of child abuse are reported every year in the U.S. 198
  • Children who experience child abuse and neglect are 59% more likely to be arrested as a juvenile, 28% more likely to be arrested as an adult, and 30% more likely to commit violent crime. 199
  • About 80% of 21-year-olds who were abused as children met criteria for at least one psychological disorder. 200
  • A study of 513 children exposed to drugs in-utero, rates of abuse were 2 to 3 times that of other children in the same geographical area. 201
  • As many as two-thirds of the people in treatment for drug abuse reported being abused or neglected as children.202
  • 14% of all men and 36% of women in prison in the USA were abused as children, about twice the frequency seen in the general population.203
  • For new cases in 2008 alone, lifetime estimates of lost worker productivity, health care costs, special education costs, child welfare expenditures, and criminal justice expenditures added up to $124 billion.204
  • Children who experience child abuse and neglect are about 9 times more likely to become involved in criminal activity.205
  • The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention links adverse childhood experiences(which include other household dysfunctions along with abuse and neglect)with a range of long-term health impacts.206
  • Individuals who reported six or more adverse childhood experiences had an average life expectancy two decades shorter than those who reported none.206
  • Ischemic heart disease (IHD), Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), liver disease and other health-related quality of life issues are tied to child abuse. 206
  • Abused children are less likely to practice safe sex, putting them at greater risk for STDs. They’re also 25% more likely to experience teen pregnancy. 207


    1. Every 7 MINUTES a child is bullied. Adult intervention – 4%. Peer intervention – 11%. No intervention – 85%.
    2. Biracial and multiracial youth are more likely to be victimized than youth who identify with a single race.
    3. Bullied students tend to grow up more socially anxious, with less self-esteem and require more mental health services throughout life.
    4. Only 7% of U.S. parents are worried about cyberbullying; yet 33% of teenagers have been victims of cyberbullying
    5. Kids who are obese, gay, or have disabilities are up to 63% more likely to be bullied than other children.
    6. 1 MILLION children were harassed, threatened or subjected to other forms of cyberbullying on FACEBOOK during the past year.
    7. 86% of students said, “other kids picking on them, making fun of them or bullying them” causes teenagers to turn to lethal violence in schools.
    8. It is estimated that 160,000 children miss school every day due to fear of attack or intimidation by other students. Source: National Education Association.
    9. American schools harbor approximately 2.1 million bullies and 2.7 million of their victims. Dan Olweus, National School Safety Center.

    • 45.1% of Black women and 40.1% of Black men have experienced intimate partner physical violence,
    intimate partner sexual violence and/or intimate partner stalking in their lifetimes.4
    • 31.8% of Black women and 16.8% of Black men have experienced one or more of the following intimate
    partner violence-related impacts: being fearful, concerned for safety, any post-traumatic stress disorder
    symptoms, injury, need for medical care, housing services, victim advocate services, and/or legal services,
    missed at least 1 day of work or school, and contacting a crisis hotline.5
    • 41.2% of Black women and 36.3% of Black men have experienced intimate partner physical violence in
    their lifetimes.6
    • 53.8% of Black women and 56.1% of Black men have experienced psychological aggression by an
    intimate partner in their lifetimes.7
    • 8.8% of Black women have been the victims of intimate partner rape in their lifetimes.8
    • 17.4% of Black women and 14.8% of Black men have experienced intimate partner sexual violence (other
    than rape) in their lifetimes.9
    • 9.5% of Black women have experienced intimate partner stalking in their lifetimes.10
    • An estimated 51.3% of black adult female homicides are related to intimate partner violence.
    • Between 2003-2014, 57.7% of black adult female homicide victims were murdered with the use of a
    • In 2017, for female victim/male offender homicides, Black females had the highest rate at 2.55 per 100,000.13


    1. Suicide remains among the leading causes of death of children under 14.  In most cases, the young people die from hanging.
    2. Suicide rates among 10 to 14-year-olds have grown more than 50 percent over the last three decades. (The American Association of Suicidology, AAS)
    3. A new review of studies from 13 countries found signs of an apparent connection between bullying, being bullied, and suicide. (Yale School of Medicine)
    4. Suicide rates among children between the ages of 10 & 14 are very low, but are “creeping up.” (Ann Haas, Director of the Suicide Prevention Project at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention)
    5. The suicide rate among young male adults in Massachusetts rose 28 percent in 2007. However, that does not reflect deaths among teenagers and students Carl’s age. (Massachusetts Dept. of Public Health, in a report released April 8, 2009)
    6. Since 2002, at least 15 schoolchildren ages 11 to 14 have committed suicide in Massachusetts. Three of them were Carl’s age. (“Constantly Bulled, He Ends His Life at Age 11,” by Milton J. Valencia. The Boston Globe, April 20, 2009)
    7. Suicide rates among 10 to 14-year-olds have grown more than 50 percent over the last three decades. (The American Association of Suicidology, AAS)
    8. In 2005 (the last year nationwide stats were available), 270 children in the 10-14 age group killed themselves. (AAS)
    9. 1 in 7 Students in Grades K-12 is either a bully or a victim of bullying.
    10. 56% of students have personally witnessed some type of bullying at school.
    11. 15% of all school absenteeism is directly related to fears of being bullied at school.
    12. 71% of students report incidents of bullying as a problem at their school.
    13. 1 out of 20 students has seen a student with a gun at school.
    14. 282,000 students are physically attacked in secondary schools each month.
    15. Those in the lower grades reported being in twice as many fights as those in the higher grades. However, there is a lower rate of serious violent crimes in the elementary level than in the middle or high schools.
    16. 90% of 4th through 8th graders report being victims of bullying.
    17. Among students, homicide perpetrators were more than twice as likely as homicide victims to have been bullied by peers.
    18. Bullying statistics say revenge is the strongest motivation for school shootings.
    19. 87% of students said shootings are motivated by a desire to “get back at those who have hurt them.”
    20. 86% of students said, “other kids picking on them, making fun of them or bullying them” causes teenagers to turn to lethal violence in the schools.
    21. 61% of students said students shoot others because they have been victims of physical abuse at home.
    22. 54% of students said witnessing physical abuse at home can lead to violence in school.
    23. According to bullying statistics, 1 out of every 10 students who drops out of school does so because of repeated bullying.
    24. Harassment and bullying have been linked to 75% of school-shooting incidents.


    1. In a 2007 study, 86% of LGBT students said that they had experienced harassment at school during the previous year. (Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network — GLSEN)
    2. Research indicates that LGBT youth may be more likely to think about and attempt suicide than heterosexual teens. (GLSEN)
    3. In a 2005 survey, students said their peers were most often bullied because of their appearance, but the next top reason was because of actual or perceived sexual orientation and gender expression. (“From Teasing to Torment: School Climate of America” — GLSEN and Harris Interactive)
    4. According to the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network 2007 National School Climate Survey of more than 6,000 students…
    5. Nearly 9 out of 10 LGBT youth reported being verbally harassed at school in the past year because of their sexual orientation
    6. Nearly half (44.1 percent) reported being physically harassed
    7. About a quarter (22.1 percent) reported being physically assaulted.
    8. Nearly two-thirds (60.8 percent) who experienced harassment or assault never reported the incident to the school
    9. Of those who did report the incident, nearly one-third (31.1 percent) said the school staff did nothing in response
    10. http://www.makebeatsnotbeatdowns.org/facts_new.html


    1. 32% of online teens say they have been targets of a range of annoying or potentially menacing online activities. 15% of teens overall say someone has forwarded or posted a private message they’ve written, 13% say someone has spread a rumor about them online, 13% say someone has sent them a threatening or aggressive message, and 6% say someone has posted embarrassing pictures of them online.
    2. 38% of online girls report being bullied, compared with 26% of online boys. In particular, 41% of older girls (15-17) report being bullied—more than any other age or gender group.
    3. 39% of social network users have been cyber bullied in some way, compared with 22% of online teens who do not use social networks.
    4. 20% of teens (12-17) say “people are mostly unkind” on online social networks. Younger teenage girls (12-13) are considerably more likely to say this. One in three (33%) younger teen girls who use social media say that people their age are “mostly unkind” to one another on social network sites.
    5. 15% of teens on social networks have experienced someone being mean or cruel to them on a social network site. There are no statistically significant differences by age, gender, race, socioeconomic status, or any other demographic characteristic.
    6. 13% of teens who use social media (12-17) say they have had an experience on a social network that made them feel nervous about going to school the next day. This is more common among younger teens (20%) than older teens (11%).
    7. 88% of social media-using teens say they have seen someone be mean or cruel to another person on a social network site. 12% of these say they witness this kind of behavior “frequently.”
    8. When teens see others being mean or cruel on social networks,frequently 55% see other people just ignoring what is going on, 27% see others defending the victim, 20% see others telling the offender to stop, and 19% see others join in on the harassment.
    9. 36% of teens who have witnessed others being cruel on social networks have looked to someone for advice about what to do.
    10. 67% of all teens say bullying and harassment happens more offline than online.
    11. in 6 parents know their child has been bullied over social media. In over half of these cases, their child was a repeat victim. Over half of parents whose children have social media accounts are concerned about cyberbullying and more than three-quarters of parents have discussed the issue of online bullying with their children.
    12. 11% of middle school students were victims of cyberbullying in the past two months. Girls are more likely than boys to be victims or bully/victims.
    13. “Hyper-networking” teens (those who spend more than three hours per school day on online social networks) are110% morelikely to be a victim of cyberbullying, compared to those who don’t spend as much time on social networks.
    14. 95% of social media-using teens who have witnessed cruel behavior on social networking sites say they have seen others ignoring the mean behavior; 55% witness this frequently. (Pew Internet Research Center, FOSI, Cable in the Classroom, 2011)
      1. 84% have seen the people defend the person being harassed; 27% report seeing this frequently.
      2. 84% have seen the people tell cyberbullies to stop bullying; 20% report seeing this frequently.
    15. 66% of teens who have witnessed online cruelty have also witnessed others joining; 21% say they have also joined in the harassment. (Pew Internet Research Center, FOSI, Cable in the Classroom, 2011)
    16. Only 7% of U.S. parents are worried about cyberbullying, even though 33% of teenagers have been victims of cyberbullying (Pew Internet and American Life Survey, 2011)
    17. 85% of parent of youth ages 13-17 report their child has a social networking account. (American Osteopathic Association, 2011)
    18. 52% of parents are worried their child will be bullied via social networking sites. (American Osteopathic Association, 2011)
    19. 1 in 6 parents know their child has been bullied via a social networking site. (American Osteopathic Association, 2011)
    20. One million children were harassed, threatend or subjected to other forms of cyberbullying on Facebook during the past year. (Consumer Reports, 2011)
    21. 43% of teens aged 13 to 17 report that they have experienced some sort of cyberbulying in the past year.
    22. More girls are cyberbullys than boys (59% girls and 41% boys).
    23. Cyberbullies spend more time online than other teens overall (38.4 hours compared to 26.8 hours).




    School Violence STATISTICS:

    • 100,000 students carry a gun to school each day
    • 28% of youths who carry weapons have witnessed violence at home
    • Among students, homicide perpetrators were more than twice as likely as homicide victims to have been bullies by peers.
    • More youth violence occurs on school grounds as opposed to on the way to school.
    • 1/3 of students surveyed said they heard another student threaten to kill someone.

    Teachers & Bullying:

    •  Teachers are also assaulted, robbed & bullied. 84 crimes per 1,000 teachers per year.


    • Bureau of Justice Statistics – School Crime & Safety