Defining domestic violence

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence defines domestic violence as “the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another.”

10 million victims

In the U.S., an average of 20 people experience intimate partner physical violence every minute. This equates to more than 10 million abuse victims annually.

On a typical day, domestic violence hotlines nationwide receive more than 20,000 calls.

Intimate partner violence

Intimate partner violence accounts for 15% of all violent crime.

Intimate partner violence is most common against women between the ages of 18 and 24.

Injury and rape

One in seven women and one in 25 men have been injured by an intimate partner.

One in 10 women has been raped by an intimate partner. Data is unavailable for male victims.


One in four women and one in nine men experience severe physical violence, sexual violence and/or stalking by an intimate partner.

One in seven women and one in 18 men have been stalked.


Nineteen percent of intimate partner violence involves a weapon.

An abuser’s access to a firearm increases the risk by 400% that they will murder their female partner.

Source: National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Getting help

• If you’re in immediate danger, call 911.

• For anonymous, confidential help, call SAFE’s 24-hour crisis hotline at (800) 825-8876 or email

• If you live outside SAFE’s service area (Orange, Culpeper, Fauquier, Madison and Rappahannock counties), call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at (800) 799-7233 or (800) 787-3224 (TTY).

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