Facts about Domestic Violence
Domestic violence has many forms, including violence directed at family, adolescents, and children. Read on for general facts and statistics about domestic violence, or click one of the bullet points below to learn about a specific dimension of domestic violence or prevention.
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
- More women are victims of domestic abuse than of all accidents combined.
- Children who grow up in abusive homes are more likely to become abusive partners or victims as adults.
- Over 90% of domestic violence victims are women.
- A woman is beaten every 12 seconds in the United States.
- 77% of rape victims knew their attacker, 28% were raped by their intimate partners, 35% are raped by acquaintances, and 5% are raped by other relatives.
- Almost 60% of rape victims report that the assault took place in a home.
- 97.6% of women reported they had experienced some form of sexual violation, including sexual harassment.
- In one survey, 42% of rape victims said that they had told no one about the assault. Only 5% reported to police.
- 1 in 6 boys will be sexually abused by the age of 18.
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT SEXUAL ASSAULT
Sexual assault is a crime motivated by a need to control, humiliate, and harm. Perpetrators use sexual assault as a weapon to hurt and dominate others. Sexual assault is forced or coerced sexual contact without consent. Consent is the presence of a clear yes, not the absence of a no. It can take the form of:
- Child Sexual Abuse/Molestation
- Oral sex
- Forcing a person to pose for sexual pictures
- Fondling or unwanted sexual touching above and under clothing
- Force which may include but is not limited to:
- Use or display of a weapon
- Physical battering
- Immobilization of the victim
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND SEXUAL ASSAULT RESOURCES
To learn how to help someone in an abusive relationship or to get help for yourself, call The National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or visit domesticshelters.org, the largest searchable directory of domestic violence service providers in the United States. Visit the Safe Havens Mapping Project to find a shelter that allows you to bring pets. For teens and youth, call 1-866-331-9474 or text “loveis” to 22522 or live chat at www.loveisrespect.org.
For more information on rape and sexual violence services, contact RAINN—the Rape Abuse Incest National Network at 1-800-656-4673 (HOPE) or by secure, online private chat HERE. Men who may have had unwanted or abusive sexual experience in childhood, family members, friends, and partners of men who may have had those experiences can also use the 1in6 Online SupportLine – a free, confidential, and secure service – to get help.
These are potentially very volatile situations, so you should always reach out to the experts for help and guidance.
If you have experience domestic violence or sexual assault and need help, please contact the Crisis Center.
All of our services are free and confidential.