Domestic Violence

Every nine seconds a woman is assaulted or beaten.

Every 24 hours, three women die at the hands of a current or former partner.

Every year, 4,000 women perish from domestic violence.

Such facts are so often repeated, they may lose their meaning. To put it into context, compare it to war. The number of American soldiers killed in Afghanistan between 2001 and 2012 was 2,002. The number of American women murdered by current or former partners during the same time – 11,766.

There are more shelters for animals in the United States, than safe havens for battered women. On a single day in September 2014, nearly 10,000 abused women were turned away from shelters or legal resources because of a lack of funds. The majority of these women returned to their abuser. The number one reason? Economic instability. U.S. victims of domestic abuse lose a total of 8 million days of paid work each year, or the equivalent of more than 32,000 full-time jobs, according to the National Violence Against Women Survey. Their abusers may also hold total financial control, money the weapon of choice for many.


Number of women killed each day by intimate partner: 3
National Network to End Domestic Violence

Percentage of increase in risk that a domestic violence situation will end in homicide if a gun is present: 500
American Journal of Public Health

Number of U.S. troops killed from 2001 to 2012 in Afghanistan: 2,002
Number of women, in the same period, killed as the result of domestic violence in the U.S.: 11,766


Number of women turned away from domestic violence programs in a single day in September 2013 due to budget cuts: 9,641
Of those turned away from shelters, percentage that wound up living on the streets or in their cars: 40
The percentage who returned to their abusers: 60
National Network to End Domestic Violence

Annual cost of domestic violence in U.S.: $5.8 billion
Center for Disease Control

Percentage of women convicted of homicide who acted in self defense against an abuser: up to 80


Yvonne Maria Jimenez
Deputy Director – Neighborhood Legal Services of L.A. County

Lenora Lapidus
Director – ACLU Women’s Rights Project

Emily Sack
Deputy Director – Center for Court Innovation

Paula J. Caplan
Psychologist; Associate – Harvard University Dubois Institute


National Domestic Violence Hotline
(800) 799-7233

Legal Resource Center on Violence Against Women
(800) 556-4053

Domestic Shelters Directory

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