The statistics--from the American Bar Association website:
- Approximately 1.3 million women and 835,000 men are physically assaulted by an intimate partner annually in the United States.
- Intimate partner violence made up 20% of all nonfatal violent crime experienced by women in 2001. Intimate partners committed 3% of the nonfatal violence against men.
- In 2000, 1,247 women and 440 men were killed by an intimate partner. In recent years, an intimate partner killed approximately 33% of female murder victims and 4% of male murder victims.
- According to the U.S. Department of Justice, between 1998 and 2002:
* Of the almost 3.5 million violent crimes committed against family members, 49% of these were crimes against spouses.
* 84% of spouse abuse victims were females, and 86% of victims of dating partner abuse at were female.
* Males were 83% of spouse murderers and 75% of dating partner murderers
* 50% of offenders in state prison for spousal abuse had killed their victims. Wives were more likely than husbands to be killed by their spouses: wives were about half of all spouses in the population in 2002, but 81% of all persons killed by their spouse.
- According to the Stalking Resource Center:
* 1,006,970 women and 370,990 men are stalked annually in the United States.
* 1 in 12 women and 1 in 45 men will be stalked in their lifetime.
* 77% of female and 64% of male victims know their stalker.
* 87% of stalkers are men.
* 59% of female victims and 30% of male victims are stalked by an intimate partner.
* 81% of women stalked by a current or former intimate partner are also physically assaulted by that partner.
* 31% of women stalked by a current or former intimate partner are also sexually assaulted by that partner.
* The average duration of stalking is 1.8 years.
* If stalking involves intimate partners, the average duration of stalking increases to 2.2 years.
* 61% of stalkers made unwanted phone calls; 33% sent or left unwanted letters or items; 29% vandalized property; and 9% killed or threatened to kill a family pet.
* 28% of female victims and 10% of male victims obtained a protective order. 69% of female victims and 81% of male victims had the protection order violated.
- In a study done between 1994 and 1998 in ten U.S. cities (Baltimore, Houston, Texas, Kansas City (KS), Kansas City (MO), Los Angeles, New York, Portland, Oregon, Seattle, Washington, St. Petersburg/Tampa, and Wichita):
* 76% of femicide victims had been stalked by the person who killed them.
* 67% had been physically abused by their intimate partner.
* 89% of femicide victims who had been physically abused had also been stalked in the 12 months before the murder.
* 79% of abused femicide victims reported stalking during the same period that they reported abuse.
* 85% of attempted femicide cases involved at least one episode of stalking within 12 months prior to the attempted femicide.
* 54% of femicide victims reported stalking to police before they were killed by their stalkers.
- Fifty-six percent of women who experience any partner violence are diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder. Twenty-nine percent of all women who attempt suicide were battered, 37% of battered women have symptoms of depression, 46% have symptoms of anxiety disorder, and 45% experience post-traumatic stress disorder.
- Ninety-two percent of women who were physically abused by their partners did not discuss these incidents with their physicians; 57% did not discuss the incidents with anyone. Additionally, in four different studies of survivors of abuse, 70% to 81% of the patients studied reported that they would like their healthcare providers to ask them privately about intimate partner violence.
- Fear of reprisal by the perpetrator made up 19% of the reasons females did not report their victimization to the police. About 1 in 10 male victims and fewer than 1 in 10 female victims said they did not report the crime to the police because they did not want to get the offender in trouble with the law.
MUCH MUCH MORE: http://new.abanet.org/domesticviolen...tatistics.aspx