Statistics of Abuse in America

Statistics of Abuse

• 1 in 4 women who attend church are abused in America.

• 1 in 3 women have been abused in their life time.

• 4 million American women experience a serious assault by a partner during an average 12-month period.

• On the average, more than three women are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends every day.

• While 4 out of 10 (43%) ranked fear that the abuser will find the victim as the number one reason a victim would not leave his/her abuser, over a quarter (28%) thought that finding access to money/income to support the victim and/or children was the most important problem.

• 92% of women say that reducing domestic violence and sexual assault should be at the top of any formal efforts taken on behalf of women today.

• 1 out of 3 women around the world has been beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused during her lifetime.

• Over 70% of women who attempt to escape from batterers need emergency medical attention.

• 25% of women who attempt to escape from batterer are murdered.

• 1 in 5 female high school students reports being physically and/or sexually abused by a dating partner. Abused girls are significantly more likely to get involved in other risky behaviors. They are 4 to 6 times more likely to get pregnant and 8 to 9 times more likely to have tried to commit suicide.

• 1 in 3 teens report knowing a friend or peer who has been hit, punched, slapped, choked or physically hurt by his/her partner.

• Women of all races are equally vulnerable to violence by an intimate partner.

• 37% of all women who sought care in hospital emergency rooms for violence–related injuries were injured by a current or former spouse, boyfriend or girlfriend.

• Some estimates say almost 1 million incidents of violence occur against a current or former spouse, boyfriend or girlfriend per year.

• For 30% of women who experience abuse, the first incident occurs during pregnancy.

• As many as 324,000 women each year experience intimate partner violence during their pregnancy.

• Violence against women costs companies $72.8 million annually due to lost productivity.

• 74% of employed battered women were harassed by their partner while they were at work.

• Ninety-four percent of the offenders in murder-suicides were male.

• Seventy-four percent of all murder-suicides involved an intimate partner (spouse, common-law spouse, ex-spouse, or boyfriend/girlfriend). Of these, 96 percent were females killed by their intimate partners.

• Most murder-suicides with three or more victims involved a "family annihilator" -- a subcategory of intimate partner murder-suicide. Family annihilators are murderers who kill not only their wives/girlfriends and children, but often other family members as well, before killing themselves.

• Seventy-five percent of murder-suicides occurred in the home.

These statistics of abuse have been updated 1/2009

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