About Domestic Violence
- Domestic Violence is one of the most common of all crimes. Approximately 33 million, or 15%, of American adults are current or former victims. 85% of these victims are women.
- Each year, domestic violence results in an estimated 1200 deaths and 2 million injuries to women and an estimated 600,000 to men.
- Experts estimate that for every reported incident, there may be 10-30 incidents that are not reported.
- Acts of domestic violence occur every 15 seconds in the United States.
- Three women are murdered by their partners every day.
- About 1/2 of all couples experience at least one violent incident; in 1/4 of all these couples, violence is a common occurrence.
- 20% of all murders in this country are committed within the family, and 13% are committed by spouses.
- 85% of all spousal assaults are committed by men.
- 37% of all women who report to the emergency room for any reason report domestic violence.
- 1.75 million workdays are lost every year due to DV
- Battering is the single major cause of injury to women; more frequent than auto accidents, muggings and rapes combined.
- 1 in 4 female suicides were victims of family violence.
- In 2011, South Carolina ranked FIRST in the nation with the highest homicide rate for female victims by male offenders. South Carolina’s rate for this type of homicide is more than twice the national average.
- There were over 48,000 victims of domestic violence in South Carolina in 2010.
- Victims of domestic violence are three times more likely to be victimized again than are victims of other types of crimes.
- Children are emotionally traumatized by witnessing violence; many of them grow up to repeat the pattern as victim or abuser. A boy who witnesses his mother being abused is 10 times more likely to become a perpetrator as an adult.
- The most dangerous time for a victim is when leaving the relationship. 50% of injuries and 75% of domestic homicides occur after the relationship ends.
And, while you were reading this, 4 women were severely beaten.