Domestic violence statistics

By Farid N. / February 07, 2022

Domestic violence continues to become an alarming issue all over the world. It is important to understand the right information about this topic, so we can come up with effective measures to alleviate its effects.

Statistics on Types of Violent Victimization in the United States in 2020

  • Simple Assault (2,988,770 victims)
  • Stranger Violence (1,973,200 victims)
  • Domestic Violence (856,750 victims)
  • Aggravated assault (812,180 victims)
  • Intimate partner violence (484,830 victims)
  • Robbery (437,260)
  • Rape/sexual assault (319,950)

Statistics of Violent Crimes in the US (Reported to the Police in 2020)

  • Aggravated Assault (57%)
  • Robbery (54.3%)
  • Stranger Violence (43.9%)
  • Intimate partner violence (41.4%)
  • Domestic violence (41.1%)
  • Violent crime (40.2%)
  • Assault (40%)

Statistics on US Violent Crime Victims Who Experienced Family/Friend Relationship Issues

  • Domestic Violence (45%)
  • Intimate partner violence (44%)
  • Victim’s home or lodging (42%)
  • Rape or sexual assault (37%)
  • Formal medicine treatment received (37%)
  • Robbery (30%)

Statistics on Undergrads in Partnered Relationships Reporting Intimate Partner Violence in the U.S. (2019, by gender)

Some Statistic Domestic Violence in the U.S.

  • 35.6% of women and 28.5% of men in the U.S. will experience physical violence, rape, and/or stalking by their intimate partner in this lifetime
  • 1 in 7 men have been a victim of severe physical abuse by an intimate partner
  • 1 in 4 women have experienced severe physical violence by an intimate partner
  • 15% of the total violent crimes accounts for intimate partner violence 
  • 20 individuals per minute are experiencing physical abuse from an intimate partner in the U.S.
  • More than 20,000 phone calls are made through domestic violence hotlines in the entire country
  • 1 in 3 bisexual men, 1 in 4 gay men, and 3 in 10 heterosexual men will experience physical violence, rape, sexual abuse, and stalking by an intimate partner
  • 61% of bisexual women and 44% of lesbian women experience stalking, rape, and physical violence
  •  3 in 10 heterosexual men experience physical violence, stalking, rape, and sexual violence by an intimate partner
  • 61% of bisexual women and 44% of lesbian women experience stalking, physical violence, and rape from someone they have an intimate relationship with
  • 2 in 5 transgender individuals have experienced coercive control or physical violence from their intimate partner.
  • 1 in 15 children are being exposed to intimate partner violence annually (90% of these children have eyewitnessed the violence)
  • Nearly half (47.5%) of Alaska Native/American Indian women, 34.4% of Hispanic women, 45.1% of non-Hispanic Black women,  and 18.3% of Asian-Pacific islander women are victims of physical violence, sexual violence, and stalking of their intimate partners
  • Women with disabilities are seen to have a 40% more risk of domestic violence caused by their intimate partners
  • 1 in every 5 female high school students have been reported to be victims of sexual and physical abuse by their dating partners
  • On average, more than 1 man and 3 women are killed by their intimate partners in the US each day
  • An estimated 63% of homeless women are victims of domestic violence in their adult lives
  • 53% of battered women who were still living with the abuser experienced self-blame because of the violence
  • Lifetime economic cost of domestic intimate partner violence in the U.S. is accounted to $3.6 trillion

Types of Domestic Violence

  1. Physical Abuse

Known as one of the most common forms of domestic abuse, physical abuse can vary in degrees of severity. Some of its forms include:

  • Pushing
  • Slapping
  • Grabbing
  • Hitting
  • Shoving
  • Biting
  • Burning

Also included in the forms of physical abuse are:

  • Locking a person/victim out of the house
  • Withholding a person’s physical needs such as food and sleep
  • Withholding assistance when the victim is injured or sick
  • Refusing to give necessities, such as medicines
  1. Emotional Abuse
  2. Isolation
  3. Financial Abuse
  4. Sexual Abuse
  5. Stalking

Types of Behavior That Can Be Included in Intimate Partner Violence

  • Physical violence (this happens when a person hurts or attempts to hurt his/her partner by using physical force such as kicking and hitting)
  • Sexual violence (characterized by forcing or trying to force a partner to take part in a sexual act, sexual touching, or a non-physical sexual event against their will)
  • Stalking ( this includes a pattern of repeated, unwanted attention and contact by a partner that leads to fear or concern for one’s own safety or the safety of a person close to the victim)
  • Psychological aggression ( this involves the use of verbal and non-verbal communication with the intention of harming another partner emotionally or mentally and/or to exert control over another partner)

Domestic violence affects millions of individuals in the United States annually. This is shown in the following statistics:

  • 1 in 5 women and 1 in 7 men are reported to have experienced severe physical violence from their intimate partner
  • 2% of men and 10% of women were victims of stalking by an intimate partner
  • It is estimated that 1 in 5 women and 1 in 12 men were victims of contact sexual violence caused by their intimate partners
  • More than 43 million women and 38 million men have experienced psychological aggression by an intimate partner in their lifetime.

Famous Celebrities Who Have Been a Victim of Domestic Violence

  • Amy Schumer
  • Tina Turner
  • Reese Witherspoon
  • Halle Berry
  • Robin Givens
  • Oprah Winfrey
  • Johnny Depp
  • Mariah Carey
  • Rihanna
  • Russell Wilson
  • Kelly Rowland
  • Lil’ Mo
  • Hayden Panettiere
  • Melissa Benoist
  • Charlize Theron
  • Drew Barrymore
  • Madonna
  • Shakira
  • Pamela Anderson
  • Christina Aguilera
  • Kate Moss
  • Gabrielle Union
  • Teri Hatcher
  • Queen Latifah

Signs to Identify An Abuse Victim

Physical Signs
– Busted lips
– Black eyes
– Bruises on arms and other parts of the body
– Purple or red marks on the neck
– Sprained wrists

Emotional Signs
– Fear
– Changes in eating and sleeping patterns
– Low self-esteem
– Being meek or over apologetic
– Substance abuse
– Being anxious
– signs of depression
– Talking about suicide (suicidal thoughts)
– Lack of interest in activities or hobbies that he/she once enjoyed

Behavioral Signs
– Frequent tardiness
– Becoming distant or withdrawn
– Canceling meetings or appointments at the last minute
– Isolation from family, friends, and loved ones
– Being secretive with their personal lives

Ways to Help Victims of Domestic Violence

– Listen. Start a conversation to express your concern.
– Offer support,
– Provide encouragement and community resources.
– Have a safety plan.
– Respect the victim’s choices.

Domestic violence, also known as “domestic abuse” or” intimate partner violence”, is defined as a pattern of behavior inside a relationship to gain control or power over someone or an intimate partner. It can be physical, emotional, sexual, financial, or psychological. Behaviors that are involved in domestic abuse often can manipulate, frighten, threaten, intimidate, terrorize, blame, injure, or kill a person. This is a serious matter that needs proper attention nowadays.