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Domestic Violence

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 violence, sexual violence, and emotional abuse.


  • Domestic violence happens every minute, mostly behind closed doors.
  • In America, 24 people per minute experience rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner.
  • Nearly 30% of women and 10% of men experience rape, physical violence, or staking by an intimate partner in America each year.
  • Roughly 25% of women and 14% of men have been suffered serious physical injuries as a result of physical violence by an intimate partner.
  • Nearly half of all women and men in America have experienced psychological aggression by an intimate partner.
  • Females ages 18-34 experience the highest level of intimate partner violence in the United States.
  • Nearly 50% of female homicides in the United States are committed by former or current intimate partners.
  • Intimate partner violence has grown by an estimated 40% in Harris County alone during COVID-19