Who Does Domestic Violence Affect?

Domestic violence spans gender, age, sexual orientation, and religion, and it affects people of all socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels. Abuse can escalate and take on many forms, including severe violence and death. As survivors attempt to move on after being abused, they can face immense effects about views of their personal safety.

Domestic violence is widespread and severe for both women and men in the U.S.

This includes being hit with a fist or something hard, kicked, hurt by hair pulling, slammed against something, choked, suffocated, beaten, burned, and/or a knife or gun was involved.

1 in 4 women have suffered severe violence from an intimate partner.

1 in 7 men have suffered severe violence from an intimate partner.

 

Every day, 3 women are killed by an intimate partner.

55% of female homicides were related to domestic violence.                                       

93% of those homicides, the killers were current or former intimate partners.

 

The healing process for domestic violence survivors can be overwhelming.

57% of female domestic violence survivors are concerned for their safety.

17% of male domestic violence survivors are concerned for their safety.

 

52% of female domestic violence survivors have post-traumatic stress disorder.

17% of male domestic violence survivors have post-traumatic stress disorder.

Sources:

  • Black, M.C., Basile, K.C., Breiding, M.J., Smith, S.G., Walters, M.L., Merrick, M.T., Chen, J., & Stevens, M.R, The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS): 2010 Summary Report, (2011), Atlanta, GA: National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. www.cdc.gov.
  • The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS): 2010-2012 State Report. Atlanta, GA. National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • Petrosky E, Blair JM, Betz CJ, Fowler KA, Jack SP, Lyons BH. Racial and Ethnic Differences in Homicides of Adult Women and the Role of Intimate Partner Violence — United States, 2003–2014. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2017;66:741–746. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm6628a1.
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