About Domestic Violence and Abuse
Domestic Violence and Abuse (DVA) is a horrific, national blight that reaches 1 in every 4 Women & their Families in the US alone. This devastating epidemic is inflicted upon victims through both physical and mental abuse that destroys their spirit, confidence, physical well-being, sense of worth and even desire to live. It is physically and mentally crippling that directly impacts millions of people every year.
Key Facts About DVA
- A woman is assaulted or beaten every nine seconds in America at the hands of their spouse or significant other.
- 1 in 4 U.S. women has experienced DVA in her lifetime.
- More than three deaths occur every day.
- DVA is the leading cause of injury to women - more than car accidents, muggings and rapes
- Up to 6M American women are victims of DVA each year.
- And estimates are doubled to triple that when accounting for verbal and mental abuse that is
rampant with DVA.
- 74% of All Americans know someone who is / has been a victim of DVA.
- And 30% of Americans know a woman who is physically abused in the past year.
Of additional note:
- Women of all races are about equally vulnerable to violence by an intimate partner.
- The stereotype that DVA is limited along socio-economic boundaries is generally false as well.
- 40% of teens 14-17 know someone their age who has been hit or hurt by boyfriend.
- 50% of men who assault their wives also frequently abuse their children.
- Studies suggest that up to 10 million children witness some form of DVA annually.
- Over half the homeless women in America are fleeing DVA.
- Domestic violence is one of the most chronically underreported crimes.
- Reports from across 10 countries cite that between 55 and 95% of women who'd been physically abused by their partner never contacted any organization shelter or police for help.
- The cost of DVA exceeds $5.8 billion each year. $4.1 billion is for direct medical & mental health
Note: All Statistics referenced with sources on file
Without question, the reach and impact of Domestic Violence and Abuse is far reaching and of epidemic proportions. It is truly a national blight that must be addressed with a positive vengeance founded on Awareness, Resources and Support for millions in desperate need.