Over the last 20 years, The Hotline and loveisrespect have answered more than 4 million calls, chats and texts from people seeking help around issues of domestic violence and dating abuse. 7
More than 1 in 3 women (35.6%) and more than 1 in 4 men (28.5%) in the United States have experienced rape, physical violence and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime. 1
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports the Cesarean Delivery Rate for the year 2013 at 32.7%. 4
Nearly half of all women and men in the United States have experienced psychological aggression by an intimate partner in their lifetime (48.4% and 48.8%, respectively). 1
Intimate partner violence alone affects more than 12 million people each year. 1
From 1994 to 2010, about 4 in 5 victims of intimate partner violence were female. 5
Nearly half (43%) of dating college women report experiencing violent and abusive dating behaviors. 2
1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner in a single year. 6
Domestic violence is prevalent in every community and affects all people regardless of age, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, gender, race, religion, or nationality. 3
According to the Report of the American Psychological Association Presidential Task Force on Violence and the Family: “A child’s exposure to the father abusing the mother is the strongest risk factor for transmitting violent behavior from one generation to the next.” 8
1 Black, M. C., Basile, K. C., Breiding, M. J., Smith, S. G., Walters, M. L., Merrick, M. T., … Stevens, M. R. (2011). The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS): 2010 Summary Report (Rep.). Atlanta, GA: National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
2 College Dating Violence and Abuse Poll (Rep.). (2011, June). Retrieved Spring, 2017, from Fifth & Pacific Companies, Inc. (Formerly Liz Claiborne, Inc.), Conducted by Knowledge Networks website: www.breakthecycle.org/surveys
3 Domestic Violence National Statistics (Rep.). (2015). Retrieved Spring, 2017, from National Coalition Against Domestic Violence website: www.ncadv.org
4 Martin, J. A., Hamilton, B. E., Osterman, M. K., & E. (2015). Births: Final Data for 2013. National vital statistics reports (Vol. 64, Rep. No. 1). Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics.
5 November 2012 Special Report (Rep.). (n.d.). Retrieved Spring, 2017, from Bureau of Justice Statistics website:www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=pbdetail&iid=4536
6 Physical Dating Violence Among High School Students – United States, 2003, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (Vol. 55, Rep. No. 19). (2006). Atlanta, GA: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
7 The National Domestic Violence Hotline (Rep.). (2016). Retrieved Spring, 2017, from www.the hotline.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/2016-Impact-Report.pdf
8 Violence and the family: Report of the American Psychological Association Presidential Task Force on Violence and the Family (Rep.). (1996). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.