About Domestic Violence & Abuse (DVA)
Domestic Violence and Abuse (DVA) is a horrific, national blight that reaches one in every three women & one in every four men in the United States 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 9 seconds in America at the hands of their spouse or significant other.
- 1 in 3 U.S. women and 1 in 4 U.S. men has/will experience DVA in her/his lifetime.
- DVA is the leading cause of injury to women…more than car accidents, muggings and rapes combined.
- Up to 10 million American women are victims of DVA each year.
- 74% of All Americans know someone who is / has been a victim of DVA.
- Domestic violence is clearly one of the most chronically underreported crimes.
- In a 1 Day (only) national survey - US domestic violence programs served over 65,000 victims & answered over 23,000 crisis hotline calls.
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, Victim Rights, Education and Support required to help millions of people in desperate need.
- Women of all races are about equally vulnerable to violence by an intimate partner.
- 30% of Americans know a woman who is physically abused in the past year.
- More than 3 deaths occur every day as a result of DVA.
- Over half the homeless women in America are fleeing DVA.
- 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.
- Approximately 15.5 million children are exposed to DVA every year.
- 50% of men who assault their wives also frequently abuse their children.
- Over 15 million children witness some form of DVA annually.
- 40% of teens 14-17 know someone their age who has been hit or hurt by boyfriend.
- The stereotype that DVA is limited along socio-economic boundaries is generally false.
- The personal costs of DVA exceeds $5.8 billion each year, including $4.1 billion is for direct medical & mental health services.
- Estimates are doubled to triple of that when accounting for verbal and mental abuse that is rampant with DVA.
- DVA’s total costs to US Employers are estimated at $13 billion each year.