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Domestic Violence Statistics


  • In the U.S., one in four women will experience domestic violence during her lifetime.
  • Young women, age 16-24, experience the highest rate of DV.
  • Each year, 4000 people are killed by their intimate partner. This number exceeds the number of people who perished on 9/11/01.
  • A woman is battered in the USA every 9 seconds.
  • It is estimated that 10 MILLION children are affected by Domestic Violence annually.
  • 40% of teenage girls age 14-17 yrs. Say they know someone their age that has been physically abused by a boyfriend.
  • Family violence costs upwards of $10 BILLION annually in medical expenses, police and court costs, shelters and foster care, sick leave, absenteeism, and non-productivity.

    (Medical News, American Medical Association, January, 1992.)
  • 85-95% of all Domestic Violence Victims are female.
  • Domestic Violence causes the greatest harm to women; more that rape, mugging, and automobile accidents combined
  • Intimate partner violence victims lose nearly 8.0 million days of paid work each year - the equivalent of more than 32,000 full-time jobs.
  • Domestic Violence is one of the most under reported crimes, second only to rape.

National Network to End Domestic Violence - 24 Hour Census on 9/12/2012

National New York
64,324 victims served in one day 3,552 victims served in one day
(30,433 went to emergency shelter) (2,328 went to emergency shelter)
(29,001 received non-residential services) (1,839 received non-residential services)
20,821 Hotline calls answered (more than 14 per minute) 1,078 hotline calls answered (more than 1 per minute)
10,471 requests went unmet 596 requests went unmet