18 Statistics on Abusive Relationships

Abusive Relationship Statistics

According to the FBI, a woman is battered every 9 seconds in the United States. Most than half of men that abuse women, also abuse their children. The following statistics provide a snapshot to the dramatic effects of abusive relationships.

Domestic Violence Statistics

1. An estimated 2 to 4 million women in the United States are abused each year.
2. Louisiana ranks as the second highest state in the United States for homicides related to domestic violence.
3. Half of women that are homeless with children are victims fleeing from domestic violence.
4. 1 in every 3 women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime.
5. Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women who are between the ages of 15 and 44.
6. Women between the ages of 16 and 24 are at the highest risk for domestic violence and sexual assault.
7. 28% of students in high school and college experience some form of dating violence.
8. 3.3 million children are exposed to family members committing violence against their mothers or female caretakers.
9. Male children that witness or experience violence in their home are three times more likely to become batterers.
10. Fathers who batter children mothers are twice as likely to seek sole physical custody of children than non violent fathers.

Verbal Abuse vs. Physical Abuse

Anderson Cooper looks a the effects of verbal abuse versus physical abuse and the traumatic effects resulting in suicide. Dr. Phil weighs in with his analysis.

Effects of Abusive Relationships in the Workplace

1. According to the Center for Disease Control, domestic violence causes 175,000 workdays to be missed by employees each year.

2. Abusive husbands harass 74% of battered women at work either by telephone or in person.

3. The costs of domestic violence is estimated to exceed $5.8 billion each year in the workplace.

4. These costs include $4.1 billion in direct medical and mental health care and nearly $1.8 billion in indirect costs.

Types of Abuse

Statistics on the different types of abuse women have experienced. Of all women surveyed, 29% said they have been in an abusive relationship.

Women that are hit, shoved, or slapped – 62%
Choked or strangled – 33%
Currently being abused believing he will hurt or kill them – 11%
Suffers emotional abuse – 94%

Guide to Leaving an Abusive Relationship

The below infographic outlines the process and pathway to leaving an abusive relationship. A listing of hotlines and importance documents to maintain are outlined below.

Guide to Leaving an Abusive Relationship