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20 alarming domestic violence statistics

July 24, 2020
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Domestic violence is a major issue in the United States and around the world, and many nonprofit organizations work tirelessly to provide critical support and services to survivors. Every year, more than 10 million men and women in the U.S. are subjected to domestic violence. As demonstrated by the following statistics, its impact can be felt far and wide:

  1. More than 1 in 3 women (35.6%) and more than 1 in 4 men (28.5%) in the U.S. will experience rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime. (source)
  2. Nearly 20 people are physically abused by an intimate partner each minute in the U.S. This adds up to more than 10 million women and men experiencing domestic violence each year. (source)
  3. 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men have experienced severe physical violence by an intimate partner during their lifetime. (source)
  4. Intimate partner violence accounts for 15% of all violent crimes. (source)
  5. On a typical day, domestic violence hotlines receive more than 20,000 phone calls nationwide. (source)
  6. Worldwide, almost one-third (27%) of women aged 15-49 years who have been in a relationship report that they have been subjected to some form of physical and/or sexual violence by their intimate partner. (source)
  7. During their lifetime, 1 in 4 gay men, 1 in 3 bisexual men, and 3 in 10 heterosexual men will experience rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner. (source)
  8. Fourty-four percent of lesbian women and 61% of bisexual women have experienced rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner. (source)
  9. Nearly 2 in 5 transgender people report experiencing intimate partner violence or other forms of coercive control and/or physical harm. (source)
  10. More than half of all cases of domestic violence are never reported to the police. (source)
  11. In domestic violence homicides, women are six times more likely to be killed when a gun is in the house. (source)
  12. Every year, 1 in 15 children are exposed to intimate partner violence, and 90% of these children are eyewitnesses to this violence. (source)
  13. Forty-seven percent of American Indian/Alaska Native women, 45.1% of non-Hispanic Black women, 37.3% of non-Hispanic White women, 34.4% of Hispanic women, and 18.3% of Asian-Pacific Islander women have experienced sexual violence, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime. (source)
  14. Globally, intimate partner are responsible for as many as 38% of all murders of women. (source)
  15. Women with disabilities have a 40% greater risk of intimate partner violence, especially severe violence, than women without disabilities. (source)
  16. Fifty-three percent of female violence survivors who are still involved with the perpetrator experienced self-blame for causing the violence. (source)
  17. Approximately 63% of homeless women have experienced domestic violence in their adult lives. (source)
  18. Twenty percent of female high school students report being physically and/or sexually abused by an intimate partner. (source)
  19. The lifetime economic cost of intimate partner violence to the U.S. population is estimated to be $3.6 trillion. (source)
  20. On average, more than three women and one man are murdered by their intimate partners every day in the U.S. (source)

While these numbers may be staggering, so many great organizations are working to end domestic violence and support its survivors. 

Bonterra’s Program Management solution was built specifically for nonprofits that support the needs of violence survivors. The case management platform makes it simple to manage program enrollment, hotline calls, shelter services, court services, visitor logs, and more. In addition, AVS case management software has forms and reports that can be customized to meet funder requirements, including complying with the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA).

If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, call The National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1−800−799−7233 or visit their website to chat online 24/7.

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