Domestic Violence Statistics

The facts about domestic violence are sobering. Domestic violence is a problem that is far reaching, affecting over 4 million women every year.

  • 1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence during her lifetime
  • 3 women are murdered every day by a current or former male partner in the U.S.
  • Women are more likely to be killed by an intimate partner than men
  • Women ages 20 to 24 are at greatest risk of becoming victims of domestic violence
  • Nearly 20 people per  minute are victims of physical violence by an intimate partner in the United States
  • Every year, more than 3 million children witness domestic violence in their homes
  • The number of American troops killed in Afghanistan and Iraq between 2001 and 2012 was 6,488. The number of American women who were murdered by current or ex male partners during that time was 11,766. That’s nearly double the amount of casualties lost during war
  • A 2003 study found that children are more likely to intervene when they witness severe violence against a parent – which can place a child at great risk for injury or even death
  • 38,028,000 women have experienced physical intimate partner violence in their lifetimes
  • 18,000 women have been killed by men in domestic violence disputes since 2003
  • 8,000,000 days of paid work are lost every year because of the abuse perpetrated against women by current or former male partners. This loss is equivalent to over 32,000 full-time jobs
  • 40-45 % of women in physically abusive relationships are raped and/or assaulted during the relationship
  • 70% of women worldwide will experience physical and/or sexual abuse by an intimate partner during their lifetimes

For more facts about domestic violence, view the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence (NISVS) Infographic, “Facts Everyone Should Know About Intimate Partner Violence, Sexual Violence and Stalking.


*The Huffington Post 2014:  30 Shocking Domestic Violence Statistics That Remind Us It’s An Epidemic

*Safe Horizon:  Domestic Violence Statistics & Facts

*NCADV National Fact Sheet