Get the Facts: Domestic Violence is a Serious, Widespread Social Problem
National Facts about Sexual and Domestic Violence
Massachusetts Statistics from 2010 Survey (3)
- 1.3 million women were raped during the year preceding the survey.
- Nearly 1 in 5 women have been raped in their lifetime while 1 in 71 men have been raped in their lifetime.
- 1 in 6 women have been stalked during their lifetime. 1 in 19 men have experienced stalking in their lifetime.
- 1 in 4 women have been the vicitm of severe physical violence by an intimate partner while 1 in 7 men experienced severe physical violence by an intimate partner.
Domestic Homicides (2003-2012 Massachusetts Statistics) (4)
Children's Health and Domestic Violence (5)
- Children who witness domestic violence are more likely to exhibit behavioral and physical health problems
including depression, anxiety, and violence towards peers. They are also more likely to attempt suicide, abuse drugs and alcohol, run away from
home, engage in teenage prostitution, and commit sexual assault crimes.
- A recent study of low-income pre-school children in Michigan found that nearly half (46.7 percent) of the
children in the study had been exposed to at least one incident of mild or severe violence in the family. Children who had been exposed to violence
suffered symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder, such as bed-wetting or nightmares, and were at greater risk than their peers of having allergies, asthma, gastrointestinal problems, headaches and flu.
- Fifty percent of men who frequently assault their wives frequently assault their children, an the U.S.
Advisory Board on Child Abuse and Neglect suggests that domestic violence may be the single major precursor to child abuse and neglect fatalities
in this country.