Domestic violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another. It includes physical and sexual violence, as well as emotional and digital abuse.
Domestic violence happens every minute, mostly behind closed doors:
- Every 9 seconds, in the US, a women in assaulted or beaten
- 20 people per minute are victims of rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner
- On a typical day, domestic violence hotlines nationwide receive approximately 20,800 calls
- More police officers die responding to domestic disturbances than any other 911 call
- 40% of child abuse victims have reported being exposed to domestic violence
- 20% of victims were not the intimate partners themselves, but a family member, friend, neighbor or bystander
- 19% of domestic violence involves a gun increasing the risk of homicide by 500%
- Domestic violence and abuse does not discriminate. It does not look the same in all relationships. It happens among heterosexual couples and in same-sex partnerships. It occurs within all age ranges, ethnic backgrounds and economic levels. Victims are both male and female.
Crime Stoppers, in partnership with Verizon, is committed to educating the community about domestic violence to help prevent it from occurring.