Nearly 1 in 4 American women between the ages of 18 and 65 have experienced domestic violence.

Statistics related to domestic and sexual violence can be disturbing, but The Center for Women and Families is committed to providing promising solutions right here in Kentuckiana.

  • Did you know more than three women are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends in this country every day?*
    In 2007, our crisis counselors supported and empowered 5575 victims of domestic violence who were seeking help through our 24-hour Crisis Line.
  • Did you know studies suggest that up to 10 million children are exposed to domestic violence annually?**
    This year our family advocates, counselors and therapists helped more than 225 children in our shelters remember what it feels like to be safe, to learn to laugh again and to begin to heal from the violence in their lives.
  • Did you know that EVERY TWO MINUTES, somewhere in the United States, a person is sexually assaulted***
    Our hospital advocates met with 258 victims of sexual assault to listen to their stories, inform them of their rights and, most of all, show each of them they are not alone.
  • Did you know that almost 1 in 5 female high school students reports being physically or sexually abused by a dating partner?****
    More than 12,000 of Kentuckiana?s children, adolescents and teens participated in our educational programs addressing topics related to respect, healthy relationships and dating violence.

ADDITIONAL STATISTICS

Intimate Partner Abuse

Nearly 1 in 4 American women between the ages of 18 and 65 has experienced domestic violence. (Body Shop, 1998)

1 in 3 women in the state of Kentucky will be the victim of domestic violence in her lifetime. (Kentucky Domestic Violence Association)

Almost 25% of female victims of domestic violence report the abuse has caused them to arrive late for work, 15% had a difficult time keeping a job and 20% of women said it affected their ability to advance in their career. (Body Shop, 1998)

More than 90% of corporate security directors surveyed rank domestic violence as a high security problem at their company. (National Safe Workplace Institute survey, as cited in “Talking Frankly About Domestic Violence,” Personnel Journal, April, 1995, page 64.)

On average, more than three women are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends in this country every day. (Bureau of Justice Statistics Crime Data Brief, Intimate Partner Violence, 1993-2001, February 2003)

Pregnant and recently pregnant women are more likely to be victims of homicide than to die of any other cause. (Frye, V. Examining Homicide’s Contribution to Pregnancy-Associated Deaths. The Journal of the American Medical Association, 285, No. 11, March 21, 2001.)

Approximately 1 in 5 female high school students reports being physically and/or sexually abused by a dating partner. (Jay G. Silverman, PhD et al. “Dating Violence Against Adolescent Girls,” Journal of the American Medical Association, Vol. 286, No. 5, 2001)

Sexual Assault

1 in 6 women in the Untied States has been the victims of an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime. (Prevalence, Incidence and Consequences of Violence Against Women Survey, National Institute of Justice and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1998.)

1 in 9 Kentucky women has been forcibly raped in her lifetime. (Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs)

1 in 4 women will be sexually assaulted on a college campus. (Hirsch, 1990)

The FBI estimates that 9 out of 10 rapes go unreported. (FBI Uniform Crime Report for 1997)

About three percent of American men–a total of 2.78 million–have experienced an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime. (Prevalence, Incidence and Consequences of Violence Against Women 1998.)

Approximately 28% of victims are raped by husbands or boyfriends, 35% by acquaintances, and 5% by other relatives. (Violence against Women. Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Dept. of Justice, 1994)

About 44% of rape victims are under age 18. Three out of every twenty victims (15%) are under age 12. (Sex Offenses and Offenders. Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Department of Justice, 1997.)

93% of juvenile sexual assault victims knew their attacker; 34.2% were family members and 58.7% acquaintances. Only seven percent of the perpetrators were strangers to the victim. (Sexual Assault of Young Children as Reported to Law Enforcement. Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Department of Justice, 2000)

Nearly 1 in 10 high school age girls said “yes” when asked if “a boyfriend or date has ever forced sex against your will.” (The Commonwealth Fund Survey of the Health of Adolescent Girls, November 1997.)

40% of girls age 14 to 17 report knowing someone their age who has been hit or beaten by a boyfriend. (Children Now/Kaiser Permanente poll, December 1995.)

During the 1996-1997 school year, there were an estimated 4,000 incidents of rape or other types of sexual assault in public schools across the country. (U.S. Department of Education, Violence and Discipline Problems in U.S. Public Schools: 1996-1997.)


*Bureau of Justice Statistics Crime Data Brief, Intimate Partner Violence
**A.R. Roberts (Ed.) Battered Women and Their Families
***Rape, Abuse & Insest National Network (RAINN)
****The Commonwealth Fund Survey of the Health of Adolescent Girls, November 1997.