One in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime.
In 2005, 389,100 women and 78,180 men were victimized by an intimate partner. These crimes accounted for 9 percent of all violent crime.
Of female murder victims, 33.4% were killed by their husbands or boyfriends; 2.4% of male murder victims were killed by their wives or girlfriends.
An estimated 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner each year.
One study found that women who have experienced any type of personal violence (even when the last episode was from 14 to 30 years ago) reported a greater number of chronic physical symptoms than those who have not been abused. The risk of suffering from six or more chronic physical symptoms increased with the number of forms of violence experienced.
The majority (73%) of family violence victims are female. Females were 84% of spousal abuse victims and 86% of abuse victims at the hands of a boyfriend.
The cost of intimate partner violence exceeds $5.6 billion each year, $4.1 billion of which is for direct medical and mental health services.
Boys who witness domestic violence are twice as likely to abuse their own partners and children when they become adults.
A recent study found that in states with laws restraining abusers from possessing firearms, intimate partner homicide rates decreased by 9-12%. These laws were most effective when states cross-checked restraining orders with firearm purchases.
Of female murder victims in 2005, 33.4% were killed by their husbands or boyfriends. In contrast, 2.4% of male victims were murdered by their wives or girlfriends.
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