#KnowTheFacts: Interpersonal Violence Statistics

Until we begin to accept and acknowledge the facts regarding the aftermath that domestic abuse leaves behind;we will never understand the urgency needed to change it.


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General Domestic Violence Facts:


  • More than 16,00 murders  and 95,000 rapes occur each year in the United States.
  • Victims who have restraining orders against their abusers are more likely to secure custody than victims who never filed for a restraining order.
  • Domestic Violence red flags include strangulation, sexual violence, possession of a gun, unemployment of the abuser, abuse of drugs and/or alcohol by the abuser, stalking behavior and prior attempts by the victim to leave the relationship. Source: Prince George’s County Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team
  • 95% of cases of domestic violence of spouse/partner, the women are abused.
  • Current studies have linked women who have gone through a domestic violent relationship are more prone to health problems.
  • Government studies show that one-third of women endure physical violence from an intimate partner at some point in their lives. Such incidents happen every nine seconds in this country.
  • Researchers at the University of Iowa found that domestic violence doubles the risk for pre-mature birth and low birth weight among babies, according to The Guardian.
  • “Statistically, separating from an abuser increases a victim’s risk of being killed by 75 percent. That’s exactly what makes it so hard to end the cycle of abuse.”
  • Domestic violence incidents have been conclusively linked to future violent crimes. Men who hurt their female family members often go on to hurt other people later in life.
  • The national domestic violence arrest rate is 360 arrests per 100,000 men. In the NFL, it’s 210 arrests per 100,000. But for the MMA, the rate is 750 arrests per 100,000
  • Every year, 1.4 million women (8.5 per cent of the population) suffer some form of domestic abuse. Source: Christian Today
  • Today, 30 women will try to kill themselves because their situation has become so desperate that they cannot see a way forward. 
    Source: Christian Today
  • Studies show that the majority of women in prison are in there due to relationships with men; that is not the case when it comes to why men are in prisons.  The reasons most are in there are due to drugs, addictions, domestic violence.
  • Statistically, separating from an abuser increases a victim’s risk of being killed by 75 percent. That’s exactly what makes it so hard to end the cycle of abuse.



  • Unconsciousness within seconds, death within minutes. Strangulation is perhaps the ultimate display of violent power and control.
  • A woman who has been strangled [commonly known as “choked”] once by her partner is 7 times more likely to be killed by that partner
    Source: Strangulation Training Institute
  • Intimate partner violence too often leads to homicide and the weapons most commonly used are guns and strangulation.
    Source: Strangulation Training Institute
  • According to the Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention, nearly four in five victims of strangulation are strangled manually (with hands). And almost all, or 97 percent of strangulation attempts involve blunt force trauma.
    Source: Strangulation Training Institute

Teen Violence


  • Statistics shows one-half of young people who have been victims of dating violence have attempted suicide.
  • Women ages 16 to 24 are three times as likely to be domestic violence victims as women of other ages, and over 500 women and girls this age are killed every year by abusive partners, boyfriends, and husbands in the United States.

Male Violence