Domestic Violence Statistics

A Hidden Cause of Chronic Illness


  • Approximately 450,000 domestic incidents are reported annually to police departments in NYS. (DCJS Domestic Incident Report Data, 2001-2002).

  • 1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime. (Tjaden, Patrica and Thoennes, Nancy. National Institute of Justice and the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, "Extent, Nature, and Consequences of Intimate Partner Violence." 2000).

  • Almost 1/3 of all female homicides victims in the United States were killed by their intimate partner. (Bureau of Justice Statistics, "Intimate Partner Violence in the United States." December 2007).

  • Only about 48% of all violent victimizations, in 2003, were reported to police (Bureau of Justice Statistics, National Crime Victimization Survey, "Criminal Victimization, 2003." September 2004).

  • 84% of adults believe that domestic violence is a problem in the United States. (Harris International. "Majority of U.S. Adults Think Domestic Violence is a Serious Problem in the United States Today." June 2006).
Source: New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence

Liz Claiborne Inc. Teen Relationship Abuse Survey 2006

  • 1 in 4 teens (24%) reported feeling pressure to date; 14% said they would do almost anything to keep a boyfriend or girlfriend.

  • Fully one-third of 16-18s (33%)—and 31% of teens who have been in a serious relationship—r eported that sex is expected.

  • Almost half of teens who have been in a relationship (47%)—and 55% of those who describe theirs as serious—have done something that compromised their own values in order to please their partner.

  • 3 out of 5 (61%) said that they’ve had a boyfriend or girlfriend who made them feel bad or embarrassed about themselves.

  • 30% reported worrying about their personal physical safety in a relationship.

  • 20% of those who have been in a serious relationship have been hit, slapped, or pushed by a boyfriend or girlfriend.
Source: National Domestic Violence Hotline