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Statistics

Domestic Violence Facts

  • 18 Arkansas females were killed due to domestic violence in 2009.
  • Arkansas consistently ranks 1st in the U.S. regarding the number of African American women murdered by batterer.
  • 1 in 4 women will suffer abuse.
  • 1 in 3 teenage girls will be physically assaulted by a boyfriend.
  • Battering occurs among all types of families, regardless of income, profession, region, ethnicity, educational level or race.
  • Domestic violence is the leading predictor of child abuse.
  • 50% of girls growing up in an abusive home will go on to be victims of abuse themselves.
  • Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women between the ages of 15 and 44.
  • Women ages 16-24 experience the highest per capita rates of intimate violence.
  • 95% of victims of spouse abuse are female according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
  • Domestic violence occurs in 18% of lesbian couples in the U.S.
  • Domestic violence is the Number 1 cause of ER visits.
  • Batterers use drinking as one of many excuses for their violence.
  • Drugs and alcohol DO NOT cause abuse.
  • 93% of women who killed their mates had been battered by them.
  • 67% killed them to protect themselves and their children during an attack.
  • Because the murders are considered “pre-meditated”, prison terms for killing husbands are twice as long as for killing wives.
  • 63% of males ages 11-20 who are doing time for homicide have killed their mother’s abusive partner.
  • Women who leave their batterers are at a 75% greater risk of being killed by their batterer than those who stay.
  • The rate of attack against women separated from their husbands is 3 times higher than that of divorced women and 25 times higher than that of married women.

Information courtesy of The Nebraska Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Rivervision, National Crime Prevention Council, AIMS Media, Reaching and Teaching Teens, Bradley Angle House and The Arkansas Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

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