1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence during her lifetime. Women ages 18 to 34 are at greatest risk of becoming victims of domestic violence. More than 4 million women experience physical assault and rape by their partners.
In 2 out of 3 female homicide cases, females are killed by a family member or intimate partner.
A striking number of men are victims, too. One in seven adult men in the U.S. will become a victim of domestic violence during his lifetime. That's upwards of three million male domestic violence victims every year, or one man in America abused by an intimate or domestic partner every 37.8 seconds.
Roughly 1.5 million high school boys and girls in the U.S. admit to being intentionally hit or physically harmed in the last year by someone they are romantically involved with.
33% of adolescents in America are victim to sexual, physical, verbal, or emotional dating abuse.
In the U.S., 25% of high school girls have been abused physically or sexually. Teen girls who are abused this way are 6 times more likely to become pregnant or contract a sexually transmitted infection (STI).
The elderly are vulnerable to abuse, neglect, and scams and elder mistreatment is perpetrated by family members, friends, service providers, peers, and strangers, including but not limited to financial and sexual abuse.
Gay or lesbian batterers will threaten “outing” their victims, to work colleagues, family, and friends. This threat is amplified by the sense of extreme isolation among gay and lesbian victims since some are still closeted from friends and family, have fewer civil rights protections, and lack access to the legal system.
Lesbian and gay victims are more reluctant to report abuse to legal authorities.
Some people may not seek help out of fear of showing a lack of solidarity among the gay and lesbian community. Similarly, many gay men and women hide their abuse out of a heightened fear that society will perceive same-sex relationships as inherently dysfunctional.