Statistics and Information

Domestic violence occurs across demographic and gender lines, leaving no one unscathed by this horrible trauma. If domestic violence were a disease, it would be considered an epidemic due to how many people are affected.


  • One inĀ 4 women will experience domestic violence at some point in their lifetimes.
  • One in 7 men will experience domestic violence at some point in their lifetimes.
  • Women are more likely to be killed by an intimate partner than men.
  • Women ages 20 to 24 are at the greatest risk of becoming victims of domestic violence.
  • Every day, three women are murdered at the hand of their intimate partner.
  • Every year, more than 3 million children witness domestic violence in their homes.
  • Children exposed to domestic violence are more likely to have health problems, including becoming sick more often, having frequent headaches and stomachaches and being more tired and lethargic.
  • Every 9 seconds in the US a woman is assaulted or beaten, more often than not by her intimate partner.
  • Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women – more than car accidents, muggings and rapes combined.
  • According to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, domestic violence is the third leading cause of homelessness among families.
  • Survivors of domestic violence face high rates of depression, sleep disturbances, anxiety, flashbacks and other emotional distress.
  • Without help, boys who witness domestic violence are far more likely to become abusers of their partners and/or children as adults, continuing the cycle of violence into the next generation.
  • Domestic violence costs more than $37 billion a year in law enforcement involvement, legal work, medical and mental health treatment, and lost productivity at companies.

Despite these horrific statistics, many agencies, including A Safe Place are unable to help each victim of domestic violence that seeks assistance due to cuts in funding and a lack of monetary resources. Please view the PDFs attached below for more information about funding issues and the problems it causes when helping survivors.

2015 Domestic Violence Census – National

2016 Domestic Violence Census – Illinois

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