Approximately 1.5 million women are raped or physically assaulted by their husbands or boyfriends in the united states every year, according study that was conducted in 1996. More current statistics indicate that one in every three women reports having been beaten or abused. Certainly these numbers do not even account for all the abuse in the US, and in all likelihood are higher than this. Incidences of domestic violence make DV more prevalent than any other social problem–it is more prevalent than muggings, rapes, and car accidents combined. Women who come from impoverished or abusive family backgrounds, those that were abused in the past, suffer with disabilities, have low self-esteem, or other psychological problems, are more prone to abusive relationships. Abusers prey on those that appear weak to them; and they choose partners that they feel can wear down easily. Those with the vulnerabilities mentioned above will want to seek therapy so they can heal and learn how to engage in loving, healthy relationships.