Domestic Violence Statistics

  • 85% - 95% of all domestic violence victims are female
  • Over 500,000 women are stalked by an intimate partner each year
  • 5.3 million women are abused each year
  • As many as 324,000 women each year experience domestic violence during their pregnancy
  • 1,232 women each year are killed by an intimate partner
  • Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women
  • Women are more likely to be attacked by someone that they know rather than by a stranger
  • An estimated 5.3 million cases of domestic violence occur among U.S. women 18 and older each year, resulting in nearly 2 million injuries
  • On average, more than three women are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends in the U.S. every day
  • In a survey by the US Conference of Mayors, 56% of cities surveyed cited domestic violence as a primary cause of homelessness
  • 50% to 70% of men who abuse women also abuse children
  • Homicide is the leading cause of death for women in the workplace
  • Of the approximately 1.7 million incidents of workplace violence that occur in the U.S. every year, 18,700 are committed by an intimate partner: a current or former spouse, lover, partner or boyfriend/girlfriend

  • The FBI reports 4 women a day are beaten to death by their partners

  • According to The March of Dimes: "domestic violence is the #1 cause of birth defects--More than all other medical causes combined"

  • An estimated 3 to 4 million American women are battered each year by their partners

  • Domestic violence occurs among all races and socioeconomic groups

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Things you can't do to stop domestic violence...

  • You can't change your partner's behavior!
You can not stop your partner's violence toward you. Your partner is in control of his or her own actions just as you are in control of yours.
  • You can't stay in an abusive relationship and be safe!
Without intervention, family violence becomes more frequent and severe.
  • You can't do the "right thing" to please the abuser!
It's not about you! The choice to abuse lies with the abuser.

  • You can't save the relationship by yourself!
You can go to counseling, you can do whatever it takes to try to make things better--but it takes TWO
people to make a relationship work.

  • You can't forgive and forget!
It only gives the abuser license to strike again. If the abuser suffers no consequences, they have no reason to stop.
  • You can't shield your partner from the consequences of abusive behavior!
"My partner didn't really mean it...this time, officer!" If the abuser doesn't really want to change the behavior, it doesn't matter how much they beg or plead to avoid going to jail. THE ABUSER WILL DO OR SAY ANYTHING TO AVOID FACING THE CONSEQUENCES!
  • You shouldn't respond to violence with violence!
Violence is NOT an appropriate or helpful response to another person's actions or words. But, remember...if you are in extreme fear for your life...you have the right to defend yourself!

REMEMBER...

If domestic violence has made you angry, this is good! Your well-directed anger at this mistreatment is an acknowledgement of your own self worth.

Victor Valley Domestic Violence, Inc
A Better Way
PO Box 2825
Victorville, CA 92393

Phone:  760-955-8010


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