Domestic violence can happen to people of all racial, economic, educational, religious backgrounds in heterosexual and same gender relationships. While both men and women may be victims of domestic violence, research shows that the overwhelming majority of adult victims are women and that domestic violence is a major cause of injury to women.

  • Nearly 1.5 million (1 in 11) high schools students nationwide experienced physical abuse from a dating partner in a single year.

  • 1 in 5 high schools girls has been sexually abused by a dating partner.

  • One in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. One in 33 men have experienced an attempted or complete rape.

  • An estimated 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner each year.

  • The majority (73%) of family violence victims are female. Females were 84% of spousal abuse victims and 86% of abuse victims at the hands of a boyfriend.

  • The cost of intimate partner violence exceeds $5.8 billion each year. $4.1 billion of which is for direct medical and mental health services.

  • Children who witness violence at home or in their community are more likely to experience abusive relationships as an adult.

SOURCE: Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence

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