Every minute, 20 people in the United States are victims of physical abuse by an intimate partner. Abuse by an intimate partner is called domestic abuse. The key elements of domestic abuse are intimidation, humiliation and physical injury. When domestic abuse includes physical abuse, it is called domestic violence.
Domestic abuse affects people of all ages, incomes, cultures, religions and nationalities, and can result in severe injury and even death. How common is domestic abuse? Check out the facts below.
- Both women and men can be victims of domestic abuse. In fact, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men will be victims of domestic abuse in their lifetime. For 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men, the abuse includes severe physical violence.
- Every year, there are 10 million victims of domestic abuse in the United States.
- Physical abuse is often accompanied by other forms of abuse, such as emotional abuse, psychological abuse, economic abuse and stalking. Among female survivors of attempted homicide, 85% were stalked prior to the attempted murder.
- Among women ages 18-49, 75% will experience repeated abuse from the same perpetrator.
- In the United States, domestic violence makes up 15% of all violent crimes.
- Domestic violence is most common against women ages 18-34.
- Just over 45% of female rape victims and 29% of male rape victims were raped by an intimate partner.
- Children who experience or witness domestic violence are more likely to be victims of or perpetrators of domestic violence in adulthood.
- 20% of domestic violence involves the use of a weapon. An abusers access to a weapon increases a woman’s risk of death by 400%.
- Intimate partners are responsible for the murders of 1 in 3 female murder victims and 1 in 20 male murder victims.
If you or someone you know is experiencing abuse, there are ways to find help. In Florida, you can call 1-800-500-1119, the Florida Domestic Violence Hotline, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Their counselors can connect you to a shelter, support group and advocacy groups. Options are available in English, Spanish and Creole.
The National Domestic Violence Hotline can be reached at 1−800−799−7233.
At The Transition House, we offer a variety of services to address domestic violence. Call us at 407-892-5700 to learn more about how we can help you.