Domestic Violence is one of the most common of all crimes. Approximately 33 million, or 15%, of American adults, are current or former victims. 85% of these victims are women.
Each year, domestic violence results in an estimated 1,200 deaths and 2 million injuries to women and an estimated 600,000 to men.
Three women are murdered by their partners every day.
Victims of intimate partner violence lose a total of 8 million days of paid work each year, the equivalent of 32,000 jobs.
About 1/2 of all couples experience at least one violent incident; in 1/4 of all these couples, violence is a common occurrence.
95% of men who physically abuse their intimate partners also psychologically abuse them.
85% of all spousal assaults are committed by men.
Financial abuse occurs in 99% of cases of abuse and is often stated as the main reason victims stayed with or returned to an abusive partner.
37% of all women who report to the emergency room for any reason report domestic violence.
1.75 million workdays are lost every year due to DV
Battering is the single major cause of injury to women; more frequent than auto accidents, muggings, and rapes combined.
In 2011, South Carolina ranked FIRST in the nation with the highest homicide rate for female victims by male offenders. South Carolina’s rate for this type of homicide is more than twice the national average.
Verbal abuse early in a relationship predicts subsequent physical spousal abuse.
There were over 48,000 victims of domestic violence in South Carolina in 2010.
Children are emotionally traumatized by witnessing violence; many of them grow up to repeat the pattern as a victim or an abuser.
Victims of domestic violence are three times more likely to be victimized again than are victims of other types of crimes.