Intimate partner violence alone affects more than 12 million people every year.

National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-7233

Harm reduction is reducing the harms associated with public health concerns.

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What is Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence is a pattern of abusive behaviors used by an individual to exert power and control over another individual in an intimate or family relationship. Domestic violence is often used as a synonym for intimate partner violence

What are Abusive Behaviors?

Abusive behaviors include, but are not limited to, intimidation, physical assaults, verbal assaults, threats, use of weapons, isolation, destruction of property, violence toward other significant people or pets, sexual manipulation, and control over economic resources.

An average of 20 people are physically abused by intimate partners every minute.

In the U.S.A.

about 1 in 3 women (36.3%) and nearly 1 in 6 men (17.1%) experienced some form of contact sexual violence (SV) during their lifetime. State estimates ranged from 29.5% to 47.5% for women and from 10.4% to 29.3% for men. (CDC, 2017)

Violence against children

and youth is common globally. An estimated 1 billion children—half of all the children in the world—are victims of violence every year. (CDC, 2021)

About 1 in 6

women and 1 in 19 men in the U.S. have experienced stalking victimization at some point during their lifetime in which they felt very fearful or believed that they or someone close to them would be harmed or killed. (CDC, 2017)

30% to 60%

of intimate partner violence perpetrators also abuse children in the household (CDC, 2017).

Psychological aggression

by an intimate partner has been experienced by 47.1% of women, with (all states) estimates ranging from 36.6% to 57.2%, and 47.3% of men, with state estimates ranging from 29.3% to 56.2% (all states). (CDC, 2017)

7.1% of women

an estimated 8,627,000 were victims of rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime and first experienced these or other forms of violence by that partner before age 18. (CDC, 2017)

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