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Many people tell me they have never known anyone who was a victim of domestic violence. Yet, the statistics tell us that nearly three out of four (74%) Americans personally know someone who is or has been abused by their partner.
The sheer volume of people who have had domestic violence in their lives makes it difficult for us to not know someone who been affected by domestic violence.
The statistics show that one out of every four women will at some point in her life be impacted by domestic violence. That’s 25% of the population! It’s staggering to think of the number of people who "know” domestic violence; who have lived it and experience it on a daily basis. With numbers like that, it’s amazing to me that so many people think it could never happen to them.
All Demographic Groups Are At Risk
When you look at the statistics about domestic violence you’ll see that it affects everyone. Some groups are more at risk, but no one is immune.
· Women ages 20-24 are at the greatest risk of nonfatal intimate partner violence.
· Women of all races are about equally vulnerable to violence by an intimate partner.
· Intimate partner violence affects people regardless of income. However, people with lower annual income (below $25K) are at a 3-times higher risk of intimate partner violence than people with higher annual income (over $50K).
· On average between 1993 and 2004, residents of urban areas experienced highest level of nonfatal intimate partner violence.
· Approximately one in five female high school students reports being physically and/or sexually abused by a dating partner.
We all need to be aware of what domestic violence is, how it occurs, and what to do if you find yourself in a violent situation, because unfortunately, it can happen to anyone.
If you or someone you know needs help, please call our 24/7 hotline at 816-461-HOPE (4673) or visit the Hope House website.
Statistics from the Domestic Violence Resource Center website.