Who does domestic violence happen to?

About 95% of victims of domestic violence are women.

Over 50% of all women will experience physical violence in an intimate relationship, and for 24% – 30% of those women, the battering will be regular and on-going.

Every 15 seconds the crime of battering occurs.* Most abusers are men. They may seem gentle, mean, quiet or loud, and may be big or small. There is some evidence that shows that boys who grow up with domestic violence in the home may become abusers as adults; however, many abusers are from non-violent homes, and many boys from violent homes do not grow up to be abusive.

* See National Coalition Against Domestic Violence General Information Packet (statistics as of 2007)


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