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Family Violence In The United States
Domestic Violence Is One Of The
Most Common Crimes Against Women

      Acts of domestic violence occur every 9 seconds in the U.S.

      50% of the couples in the U.S. experience some form of abuse in relationship

      25% of the couples in the U.S. experience violence as a common occurrence

      20% of all murders in this country are committed within the family

      42% of these murders are committed by relationship partner

      75% of women who are in an abusive relationship receive battering to their face or head

      40% of teen age girls report knowing someone that has been hit by their boyfriend

      Family violence costs the nation $5 billion to $10 billion a year in medical expenses, police and court costs, shelters, foster care, and sick leave from work

      13,000 incidences of family violence occur at a women's workplace annually

      32% of homeless families that have been involved in a domestic violence relationship have been turned away from a shelter or mission


Washington State from 1997 to 2002


      308 deaths resulted from domestic violence related incidents

      68% of all homicides were committed in domestic violence related incidents (38% increase over 1992).


Most Family Violence Committed Against Women


      92% of all relationship assaults are committed by men (6 million American women are beaten each year by their husbands or boyfriends)

      4000 American women are killed in domestic violence incidents each year

      31,260 women have been killed in domestic violence relationships between 1976 and 1996

      1,000,000 plus women in domestic violence require medical attention

      39% of all women who use the hospital emergency services are battered

      25% of pregnant women in battering relationships are battered during their pregnancy

      1 in 4 female suicides were the victims of family violence

      women who leave their batterers are at 75% greater risk of severe injury of injury or death than  those who stay

      30% to 60% of all child abuse involves family with children in abusive relationships

      50% of women and children that are homeless annually are fleeing a domestic violence relationship

      46% of states within the U.S. have stated that domestic violence is the main factor for homelessness




Various Stats Taken From:

The National Domestic Violence Project,, Downloaded on August 20, 2003

National Domestic Violence Hotline,, Downloaded on August 20, 2003.

National Coalition for the Homeless,, Downloaded on August 20, 2003.