Given legal and other efforts the incidence of domestic violence has declined over the last half century. However, it is still a problem our legal system and society must face. In fact, most people would likely be shocked to discover the fact that domestic violence is still quite prevalent in our society. Despite public condemnation, several proactive policy programs to curb the problem, domestic violence, still occurs with a great deal of frequency. The following facts and statistics provides a picture of the scope of the domestic violence problem in the United States.
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- The American Medical Association (AMA) and FBI estimate 3-4 million women are battered each year in the U.S.
- 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men is a victim of some form of physical violence by an intimate partner during their lifetimes
- 76% of intimate partner physical violence victims are female; 24% are male.
- Slightly more than half of intimate partner physical violence is reported to law enforcement.
- 40% of female murder victims are killed by intimate partners.
- Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women between the ages of 15 and 44 in the United States, more than car accidents, muggings, and rapes combined.
- According to a report by the McKinsey Global Institute, more than 39 million women — or about one-third of the country’s adult female population based on U.S. census figures — experienced physical violence by an intimate partner, from slapping to beating.
- Around 6,488 American troops were killed in Afghanistan and Iraq between 2001-2012 in the war. In the same period of time almost twice this number, 11,766 women were killed in domestic violence by their present and previous male partners.
- Females aged between 18 to 34 generally experienced the highest rate of intimate partner violence.
- On average, 24 people per minute are victims of rape, physical violence or stalking by an intimate partner in the United States — more than 12 million women and men over the course of a year.
If you are victim of domestic violence, it is important to hire a lawyer experienced in representing victims of domestic violence. A skilled domestic violence attorney can help, explain the rights you may have and how to best protect yourself from an abusive partner or family member.
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