20 Unbelievable Facts About Domestic Violence

20 Unbelievable Facts About Domestic Violence


Domestic violence affects many more of us than we realize. In fact, it affects almost everyone at some point in their lives. There are so many unbelievable facts about domestic violence that it is heartbreaking.

It affects me. It affects my children. It affects those around me.

As asurvivor of domestic violence, as a healer for other victims and survivors, the best piece of advice I can give to you is to get educated on domestic violence. Speak up and keep the conversation going. Every person can do their part by abandoning false ‘fantasy’ beliefs, embracing a culture of realistic safety and supporting the victims we know.

There are so many resources out there on domestic violence. Learn as much as you can and share your information. If someone opens up to you the most important thing you can do is listen and believe them. Together we can be the change this world needs.

If you need a conversation starter, try one of the following. In all the research I have done, here are 20 unbelievable facts about domestic violence!

20 Unbelievable Facts About Domestic Violence

  1. Every 9 seconds a woman is assaulted or beaten in the USA. Every 9 seconds…
  2. 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men and 2 in 5 homo or bisexual individuals have been or will be a victim to some form of physical abuse by an intimate partner in their lifetime.
  3. Domestic Violence is most likely to take place between 6pm and 6am.
  4. As many as 324,000 women experience domestic violence during their pregnancy – pregnant mamas being hurt – each year in the USA.
  5. Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women – more than car accidents, rapes and muggings COMBINED…!!!
  6. ½ of all homeless women and children in the USA report they are fleeing bad domestic violence situations; I wonder how many in addition are unreported and on the run?
  7. In 60 %- 80% of intimate partner homicides, no matter which partner was killed, the man physically abused the woman before the murder.
  8. Children who witness domestic violence are 2x more likely to abuse their families when they become adults.
  9. 1 in 10 High School students has experienced some form of physical violence in the last year alone.
  10. An average of 24 people per minute are victim of rape, physical violence or stalking by an intimate partner in the USA. That translates into more than 12 million women and men in 1 year…
  11. 1 in 6 women and 1in 19 men have been stalked by an intimate partner in the USA, rendering them in fear for their life and causing very damaging trauma.
  12. 1 in 15 children are exposed to domestic violence each year, 90% of them are eyewitnesses.
  13. Domestic Violence accounts for 15% of all violent crime in the USA each year.
  14. Pre-covid quarantine there was an average of 200,000 phone calls for help each DAY to the domestic violence hotline.org.
  15. 19% of domestic violence crimes involve a weapon.
  16. The presence of a gun in a domestic violence situation increases the risk of homicide by 500%.
  17. Only 34% of domestic violence victims injured actually get help and receive medical care for their injuries.
  18. Domestic violence can start subtly and end violently – either slow and steady or fast and furious. You never know what is going on behind closed doors.
  19. Leaving can be difficult. Many victims opt to stay because their abuse is so deep they don’t see a way out.
  20. The most lethal time for a victim is right after they leave. 70% of domestic violence murders happen right after they got out.

Thank you for taking the time to read through that information. Knowledge is power and together we can bring change to our homes, our communities, and our nation. Now what are you going to do to help?

Light and love,

Malibu Mama Loves Xx

Author: malibumamaloves

I am a conscious mama, a dv survivor, a conscious trauma informed life coach who has overcome trauma and helps others turn their pain into purpose in facing their unhealed traumas.

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