Fast Facts & Statistics

In 2017-2018, DVCCC received 3,907 hotline calls

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Intimate Partner Violence

  • The statistics vary slightly, but approximately 12 million Americans are victims of rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner annually – this equates to about 24 people per minute (8)

  • Intimate partner violence is very common: 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men are victim to some form of physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime. (5)

  • Intimate partner violence is most common among women between the ages of 18 and 34 (5).

  • Most female victims of intimate partner violence were previously victimized by the same offender (8).

  • On average, it takes a victim of abuse about 7 attempts before they finally leave their abuser – unfortunately, the violence often escalates after each attempt (9).

Teen Dating Violence

  • 1 in 3 teens, regardless of gender identity, experience dating violence each year (9).

  • Only 33% of teens who were in an abusive relationship ever told anyone about the abuse (2).

  • Violent behavior typically begins between the ages of 12 and 18 (2).

  • 81% of parents believe teen dating violence is not an issue, or do not know what it is (2).

  • 1 in 4 teens in abusive relationships are abused via cellphone communication and texting (8).

  • Nearly 40% of teens engage in “sexting” – the act of sending and receiving sexually suggestive photos and messages – however, 61% of teens who have sent nude photos felt pressured by their partner to do so (10).

Abuse in Later Life

  • Every year, approximately 4 million older Americans are victim to physical and psychological abuse and neglect (7).

  • Adults who require assistance with daily life activities are at an increased risk for abuse (7).

  • 76.1% of physical abuse toward adults in later life is perpetrated by a family member (7).

  • Only 1 in 24 cases of abuse in later life is reported (7).

Emotional and Psychological Abuse

  • Nearly half of all women (48.4%) and men (48.8%) in the United States experience psychological aggression by an intimate partner in their lifetime (8).

  • 95% of perpetrators who physically abuse their intimate partners also psychologically abuse them (5).

  • Psychological abuse is a stronger predictor of PTSD in women than even physical abuse – 7 out of 10 women who are psychologically abused will display PTSD symptoms (5)

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Sexual Assault and Rape

  • 1 in 5 women and 1 in 59 men in the United States is a victim of rape in their lifetime (5).

  • Almost half of female (46.7%) and male (44.9%) victims of rape in the United States were raped by an acquaintance, often referred to as “date rape”. Of these, 45.4% of female rape victims and 29% of male rape victims were raped by an intimate partner (6)

Stalking

  • 66.2%, or approximately 2/3 of female stalking victims were stalked by a current or former intimate partner (5). Over 40% of male stalking victims were stalked by an intimate partner or acquaintance (8).

  • Repeatedly receiving unwanted calls or text messages is the most common tactic experienced by both male and female victims of stalking (8).

  • 1 in 6 women and 1 in 19 men experienced stalking in their lifetime that made them fear that they or someone close to them may be harmed or killed by the perpetrator (8).

  • 76% of women killed by their intimate partners were stalked first (12).

Homicide

  • In the past decade, over 1,600 lives were lost to domestic violence related incidents in Pennsylvania (4).

  • 1 in 3 female and 1 in 20 male victims of homicide are killed by intimate partners (5).

  • 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 (5).

  • 72% of all murder-suicides involve an intimate partner (5).

The Role of Firearms

  • 44% of mass shootings between 2008 and 2013 involved intimate partners (13).

  • Approximately 4.5 million women in the United States have been threatened by intimate partners with firearms (13).

  • Access to firearms increases the risk of domestic violence homicide by at least 400% (13).

  • A ten-city study found that 1/5 of homicide victims with Protection from Abuse orders in place were murdered within two days of obtaining the order – 1/3 were murdered within one month (13).

Children and Domestic Violence

  • Over 15 million children in the United States live in households where partner violence has occurred at least once in the last year(3).

  • 1 in 6 children under the age of 17 witnessed a parent being physically assaulted in their lifetime. This figure rises to 1 in 4 children for 14 to 17-year-olds (3).

  • 30-60% of perpetrators of domestic violence also abuse children in the household (8).

  • Simply witnessing domestic violence has a negative impact on a child’s development, causing a high risk for interpersonal skill deficits, psychological and emotional problems such as depression and PTSD, and behavioral problems (3).

  • Children who observe parents engaging in violent conflict are more likely to use abusive behavioral patterns in their own relationships in both adolescence and adulthood (3).

  • The U.S. Advisory Board on Child Abuse and Neglect suggests that domestic violence may be the single major precursor to child abuse and neglect fatalities in this country (8).

Effect on the Workplace

  • The cost of intimate partner violence exceeds $8.3 billion per year (6).

  • 1 in 8 stalking victims has reported losing work because of the stalking. More than half of these victims reported losing 5 or more work days (12).

  • Nearly 8 million days of work each year is lost due to domestic violence issues – the equivalent of more than 32,000 full-time jobs (8).

  • Between 2003 and 2008, nearly 33% of women murdered in their workplace were killed by current or former intimate partners (8)

  • Between 21-60% of victims of intimate partner violence lose their jobs due to reasons stemming from the abuse (6).

Sources:

  1. Preventing Intimate Partner Violence by Center for Disease Control

  2. Dating Abuse Statistics by LoveIsRespect.org

  3. Children & Youth Exposed to Domestic Violence by National Resource Center on Domestic Violence: Child Protection and Custody

  4. Domestic Violence Fatality Report 2016 by Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence

  5. Facts about Domestic Violence and Psychological Abuse by National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

  6. Statistics by National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

  7. Domestic Abuse in Later Life by National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

  8. Statistics by National Domestic Violence Hotline

  9. 50 Obstacles to Leaving: 1-10 by National Domestic Hotline

  10. 11 Facts about Teen Dating Violence by DoSomething.org

  11. 11 Facts about Sexting by DoSomething.org

  12. Facts About Domestic Violence and Stalking by National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

  13. Guns and Domestic Violence by National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

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