Because abuse often happens behind closed doors, it is important to understand the statistics that show just how many people are affected.
Domestic violence can be devastating to families, but the effect on entire communities runs even deeper.
- 1 in 4 women will be a victim of Domestic Violence in her lifetime. That’s more women touched by violence than breast cancer, ovarian cancer and lung cancer combined.
- 99% of all cases of domestic violence include financial abuse. Victims are prevented from acquiring, using or maintaining financial resources. Without financial resources, survivors can’t “just walk away” from abuse.
- Domestic Violence kills an average of three women a day and is the leading cause of injury for women ages 18-44.
- More than 3 million kids witness domestic violence each year, which:
- Delays academic success
- Helps cause behavioral issues, delinquencies and substance abuse
- Increases the likelihood that a boy will grow up to be an abuser and a girl will become a victim of violence
- Domestic violence affects us all. It costs the U.S. economy more than $8.3 billion each year, is the leading cause of family homelessness and the single largest category of calls received by local police.
- Courageous survivor requests for help are up, but staffing and budgets for services are down. On an average day in 2015, more than 12,000 pleas for help from victims went unmet due to lack of funding.
- U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Violence Against Women, 2013 http://www.ovw.usdoj.gov/domviolence.htm
- U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, 2007 http://bjs.ojp.usdoj.gov/content/pub/pdf/ipvus.pdf
- Catalano, S. (2012). Intimate partner violence, 1993-2010. US Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics. http://www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=pbdetail&iid=4536
2014 ALLSTATE FOUNDATION SILENT WEAPON:
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND FINANCIAL ABUSE SURVEY:
A 2014 survey commissioned by The Allstate Foundation and executed by FTI Consulting called Silent Weapon: Domestic Violence and Financial Abuse finds that domestic violence is seen as a significant problem for the country. Specifically, three in five Americans know someone who has been the victim of abuse and more than one in four have been abused themselves. Around 99% of those who have been victim of domestic violence have also experienced financial abuse. And, most Americans acknowledge that the news media and entertainment industries have a responsibility to increase and more accurately produce coverage around this topic.
Key Survey Findings
- Two-thirds of Americans believe that domestic violence is a serious problem, yet just over one in three have talked about it.
- Viewpoints on domestic violence vary across gender and ethnicities. 70 percent of Millennial women consider it a serious problem, compared to just 55 percent of Millennial men. Hispanics are twice as likely (51 percent) than their White non-Hispanic counterparts (25 percent) to see domestic violence as a serious problem.
- Nearly eight in 10 Americans (78 percent) say they have not heard much about financial abuse as it relates to domestic violence. Additionally, Americans think that financial abuse is the least likely (3 percent) form of abuse to be recognized by an outsider.
Click here for more key findings and the full results from the survey.