Domestic violence

In the United States, an average of 20 people are physically abused by intimate partners every minute. 

1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been physically abused by an intimate partner.


1 in 5 women and 1 in 7 men have been severely physically abused by an intimate partner.

1 in 7 women and 1 in 18 men have been stalked. Stalking causes the target to fear she/he or someone close to her/him will be harmed or killed.

On a typical day, domestic violence hotlines nationwide receive approximately 20,800 calls.

The presence of a gun in a domestic violence situation increases the risk of homicide by 500%.

19% of intimate partner violence involves a weapon

Domestic violence is a pattern and aggressive behavior from one adult to another, within the context of an intimate relationship.

It can be physical, sexual, psychological or emotional abuse. Financial abuse and social isolation are also common features.

The violence and abuse can be actual or threatened and can happen once every so often or on a regular basis.

It can happen to anyone and in all kinds of relationships - heterosexual, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT)

People suffer domestic violence regardless of their social group class, age, race, disability, sexuality or lifestyle. The abuse can begin at any time - in new relationships or many years spent together.


All forms of abuse - psychological, economic, emotional and physical - come from the abuser’s desire for power and control

Reference: National Coalition Against Domestic Violence