Domestic Violence Facts

Domestic violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, or any other abusive behavior perpetrated by an intimate partner against another. Domestic violence results in physical injury, psychological trauma, and sometimes death.

  • Almost four million American women were physically abused by their husbands or boyfriends in the last year alone.
  • A woman is physically abused every nine seconds in this country.
  • Women are more often victims of domestic violence than victims of burglary, muggings, and other physical crimes combined.
  • Forty-two percent of all murdered women are killed by their intimate male partners.

Domestic violence is not a problem just for adults. Teens experience domestic violence in their relationships, too. In fact, domestic violence is very common in teen dating relationships. Here are some important facts:

  • One in three teens experiences some kind of abuse in their romantic relationships, including verbal and emotional abuse.
  • 40% of teenage girls, ages 14 to 17, know someone their age who has been hit or beaten by their partner. 
  • Nearly 80% of girls who have been physically abused in their intimate relationships continue to date their abuser.
  • 1 in 4 teenage girls who have been in relationships reveal they have been pressured to perform oral sex or engage in intercourse.