Domestic violence, also known as intimate partner violence, is the willful intimidation, emotional abuse, threats, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior by one intimate partner against another as part of a systematic pattern of power and control.
The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence reports these staggering national statistics:
- One woman is fatally shot by a spouse, ex-spouse or dating partner every 14 hours.
- Nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner.
- 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner within their lifetime.
- 1 in 5 women and 1 in 7 men have been victims of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime.
- 1 in 7 women and 1 in 18 men have been stalked by an intimate partner during their lifetime to the point in which they felt very fearful or believed that they or someone close to them would be harmed or killed.
- On a typical day, there are more than 20,000 phone calls placed to domestic violence hotlines nationwide.
- The presence of a gun in a domestic violence situation increases the risk of homicide by 500%.
- Intimate partner violence accounts for 15% of all violent crime.
- Women between the ages of 18-24 are most commonly abused by an intimate partner.
- 19% of domestic violence involves a weapon.
- Domestic victimization is correlated with a higher rate of depression and suicidal behavior.
- Only 34% of people who are injured by intimate partners receive medical care for their injuries.
And, in the State of Florida:
- In 2013, 108,030 domestic violence incidents were reported to police in Florida. Many more incidents went unreported.
- Although overall crime rates in Florida decreased in 2013, rates of domestic violence remained the same, and incidence of stalking actually increased 19%.
- 170 domestic violence homicides took place in Florida in 2013.
- Guns were used in 56% of domestic violence homicides in Florida from 2006 to 2012.
If you know someone in this situation, seek help to ensure their safety! Call the National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).