What do the statistics tell us about domestic violence?

  • Every 9 seconds in the US a woman is assaulted or beaten.2
  • One in three women has experienced domestic violence in her lifetime.2
  • Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women—more than car accidents, muggings, and rapes combined.2
  • 85% of domestic violence victims are women.1
  • Most cases of domestic violence are never reported to the police.3
  • 1 in 12 women have been stalked in their lifetime.1
  • Less than one-fifth of victims reporting an injury from an intimate partner sought medical treatment following the injury.1
  • Domestic violence is one of the most chronically under-reported crimes.  Only approximately one-quarter of all physical assaults, one-fifth of all rapes, and one-half of all stalkings perpetuated against females by intimate partners are reported to the police.1
  • Approximately one-half of the orders obtained by women against intimate partners who physically assaulted them were violated.  More than two-thirds of the restraining orders against intimate partners who raped or stalked the victim were violated.  Approximately 20% of the 1.5 million people who experience intimate partner violence annually obtain civil protection orders.1


For more information, use the links below:


Emergency Phone Numbers:

If you are in immediate danger, please dial 911

The National Domestic Violence Hotline
(800) 799-7233

The National Sexual Assault Hotline
(800) 656-4673

The National Teen Dating Abuse Hotline
(866) 331-9474

TTY for National Domestic Violence Hotline
(800) 787-3224

1   National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) “Domestic Violence Facts” PDF
2   Domestic Violence
3   The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and The U.S. Department of Justice “Extent, Nature, and Consequences of Intimate Partner Violence; Findings From the National Violence Against Women Survery” PDF