20 Domestic Violence Statistics & Facts

Domestic violence is a serious issue that affects many individuals, families, and communities across the globe. Every year, awareness is raised during the month of October to bring attention to this critical issue.

Whether you're personally affected or know someone who is, it is important to know that help is available.

Domestic Violence Resources

If you are in need of immediate help or are in a crisis, call 911 or the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-7233 or text START to 88788.

Domestic Violence Facts

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) reveals the following concerning statistics and facts about domestic violence:

  • In the U.S., over 10 million adults experience domestic violence every year.
  • One in four women and one in 10 men experience the following by an intimate partner in their lifetime.
    • Sexual violence
    • Physical violence
    • Stalking
  • Intimate partner violence is most common among women who are aged 18 to 24.
  • One in five women and one in 40 men in the U.S. are victims of rape or attempted rape.
  • One in two female victims and one in 13 male victims are murdered by intimate partners.
  • On an average day, domestic violence hotlines across the nation receive over 19,000 calls.

Children & Domestic Violence

  • According to the National Domestic Violence Hotline, each year, one in 15 children are exposed to intimate partner violence. Furthermore, 90% of these children are eyewitnesses to this violence.
  • Children who live in homes where one parent experiences abuse may have feelings of fear and anxiousness. Depending on their age, this can lead to behaviors such as separation anxiety, headaches, risky behavior, depression, and more.
  • In the U.S., 15.5 million children live in families where partner violence happened at least once within the past year.

Domestic Violence in the LGBTQ Community

  • In comparison to 35% of heterosexual women, 43.8% of lesbian and 61.1% of bisexual women have experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner.
  • In comparison to 29% of heterosexual men, 26% of gay men and 37.3% of bisexual men have experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner.
  • LGBTQ Black/African American victims are more likely to experience physical intimate partner violence.

Teen Dating Violence

  • According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a 2019 survey revealed that over the past year, one in 12 students experienced physical or sexual dating violence.
  • 13% of 6th to 9th graders in 13 Midwest schools reported being stalked.
  • Each year, almost 1.5 million high school students are physically abused by their partners.

Domestic Violence in Later Life

  • In a survey of nearly 6,000 elderly participants, 57% reported the perpetrators of physical abuse were partners or spouses.
  • Elder abuse, including neglect and exploitation, is experienced by around one in 10 people aged 60 or older who live at home.
  • Between 2002 to 2016, over 643,000 older adults were injured from non-fatal assaults, and over 19,000 older adults were victims of homicide.

Get Help from Our Team

Domestic violence doesn't discriminate. It can happen to anyone, regardless of their age, race, gender, or background. If you or someone you love is experiencing domestic violence, it's important to know that you are not alone and that there is help available.

At the Law Office of Alexandra White, PC, we have a team of compassionate domestic violence attorneys. We understand the complicated emotions and legal complexities involved in these cases, and we can help you navigate them with the support and guidance you need. No one should have to live in fear or pain, and our team is ready to fight for your safety and rights.

Call us at (303) 647-4245 or fill out our form online.