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Domestic Violence Statistics on the National and Local scale

U.S. Domestic Violence Statistics:

  • A woman is beaten every 9 seconds.
  • 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men in the US has been the victims of physical violence by an intimate partner. National Domestic Violence Hotline
  • 30% of women seeking treatment in hospital emergency rooms are victims of domestic violence.
  • 55% of female homicides are the result of domestic violence, with a majority being under the age of 40 and 15% of them being pregnant. CDC, 2014
  • Over the last 20 years, The National Domestic Violence Hotline and loveisrespect have answer more than 4 million calls, chats, and tests. NATIONAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HOTLINE, June 2018
  • More than 1 in 3 women have experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime and approx. 7 million women are raped and/or physically assaulted by a current or former intimate partner each year. NNEDV 2018
  • 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
  • Nationwide, an average of 3 women are killed by a former or current intimate partner every day. NNEDV 2018


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
  • Nearly 8 million days of paid work each year is lost due to domestic violence issues – the equivalent of more than 32,000 full-time jobs.[ CDC 2018


Laura's House Statistics

In the 24 years that Laura's House has served South Orange County residents:

  • Over 5,000 women and children have received shelter and support.
  • 7,000 children have received child care services.
  • Nearly 55,000 individuals have received counseling, legal aid and life skills education.
  • 10,000 calls have been made to the 24-Hour Crisis Hotline.