U.S. Domestic Violence Statistics:
- A woman is beaten every 7 seconds.
- 30% of women seeking treatment in hospital emergency rooms are victims of domestic violence.
- 42% of female homicides are the result of domestic violence.
- The National Domestic Violence Hotline has received more than 700,000 calls for assistance since February 1996. NATIONAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HOTLINE, DECEMBER 2001
- Nearly 1/3 of American women report being physically or sexually abused by a husband or boyfriend at some point in their lives. COMMONWEALTH FUND SURVEY, 1998
- An estimated 503,485 women are stalked by an intimate partner each year in the U.S. U.S. NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF JUSTICE, JULY 2000
- Women are 5 to 8 times more likely than men to be victimized by an intimate partner. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, MARCH 1998
- In 1996, among all female murder victims in the U.S., 30% were slain by their husbands or boyfriends. FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION, 1996
Orange County Statistics:
- Over 12,000 incidents of domestic violence were reported in 1999 (only 1 in 7 is actually reported).
- For each victim that receives shelter and support services, 15 to 20 women are turned away from lack of space.
Child and Teen statistics:
- In Orange County, 36% of domestic violence emergency 9-1-1 calls are made by children.
- In 2000 in Orange County, 28,100 incidents of child abuse were reported - that's 2,340 per month and 78 per day.
- Studies show that child abuse occurs in 30-60% of family violence cases that involve families with children. VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN, FEBRUARY 1999
- 40% of teenage girls report knowing someone their age who has been hit or beaten by a boyfriend. KAISER PERMANENTE POLL, DECEMBER 1995
- Almost 1 in every 3 high school students have been or will be involved in an abusive relationship.
- One survey found that 38% of date rape victims were young women ages 14 to 17 years old.
- Teen Dating Abuse: New Study Finds Teen Dating Violence Behaviors and Risk Factors Common Among 7th-Grade Students ROBERT WOOD JOHNSON FOUNDATION, MARCH 2012
Business Impact of Domestic Violence:
- Family violence costs the nation from $5 to $10 billion annually in medical expenses, police and court costs, shelters and foster care, sick leave, absenteeism and non-productivity. AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION, JANUARY 1992
- Husbands and boyfriends commit 13,000 acts of violence against women in the workplace every year. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, JULY 1994
Laura's House Statistics
In the 20 years that Laura's House has served South Orange County residents:
- Over 4,000 women and children have received shelter and support.
- 7,000 children have received child care services.
- Nearly 50,000 individuals have received counseling, legal aid and life skills education.
- 10,000 calls have been made to the 24-Hour Crisis Hotline.