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statisticsWhether you realize it or not, you know someone affected by domestic violence. Harbor House is honored to walk alongside survivors in Kankakee and Iroquois Counties as they journey to a life free from abuse. The following statistics open your eyes to the frightening realities of domestic abuse.

  • Assisted domestic violence survivors with more than 193 orders of protection
  • Empowered 543 survivors of domestic violence and their children
  • Housed 99 individuals fleeing domestic violence relationships
  • Provided 3,140 nights of shelter for survivors and their children
  • Answered more than 3,900 hotline calls

In the United States, an average of 20 people experience intimate partner physical violence every minute. This equates to more than 10 million abuse victims annually. [1]

1 in 4 women and 1 in 9 men experience severe intimate partner physical violence, intimate partner contact sexual violence, and/or intimate partner stalking with impacts such as injury, fearfulness, post-traumatic stress disorder, use of victim services, contraction of sexually transmitted diseases, etc. [2] This is commonly considered “domestic violence”.

1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner. This includes a range of behaviors and in some cases might not be considered “domestic violence”. [1]

1 in 10 women have been raped by an intimate partner. Data is unavailable on male victims. [1]

1 in 7 women and 1 in 18 men have been stalked. Stalking causes the target to fear she/he/they or someone close to her/him/them will be harmed or killed. [1]

On a typical day, domestic violence hotlines nationwide receive over 20,000 calls.[3]

An abuser’s access to a firearm increases the risk of intimate partner femicide by 400%. [4]

Intimate partner violence accounts for 15% of all violent crime. [5]

Intimate partner violence is the most common against women between the ages of 18 - 24.[ 6]

19% of intimate partner violence involves a weapon. [7]

1 in 3 female murder victims and 1 in 20 male murder victims are killed by intimate partners. [8]

A study of intimate partner homicides found 20% of victims were family members or friends of the abused partner, neighbors, persons who intervened, law enforcement responders, or bystanders. [9]

72% of all murder-suicides are perpetrated by intimate partners. [10]

94% of murder-suicide victims are female. [11]

Victims of intimate partner violence are at increased risk of contracting HIV or other STI’s due to forced intercourse and/or prolonged exposure to stress. [12]

Intimate partner victimization is correlated with a higher rate of depression and suicidal behavior. [13]

Only 34% of people who are injured by intimate partners receive medical care for their injuries. [14]

Victims of intimate partner violence lose a total of 8,000,000 million days of paid work each year, the equivalent of 32,000 full-time jobs. [15]

Intimate partner violence is estimated to cost the US economy between $5.8 billion and $12.6 billion annually, up to 0.125% of the national gross domestic product. [16]

Between 21-60% of victims of intimate partner violence lose their jobs due to reasons stemming from the abuse. [17]

Between 2003 and 2008, 142 women were murdered in their workplace by former or current intimate partners. This amounts to 22% of workplace homicides among women. [18]

Thank you to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence for compiling these eye-opening statistics.

1 Black, M.C., Basile, K.C., Breiding, M.J., Smith, S.G., Walters, M.L., Merrick, M.T., Chen, J. & Stevens, M. (2011). The national intimate partner and sexual violence survey: 2010 summary report. Retrieved from

2 National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (n.d.). Infographic based on data from the national intimate partner and sexual violence survey (nisvs): 2010-2012 state report.

3 National Network to End Domestic Violence (2017). Domestic violence counts national summary. Retrieved from

4 Campbell, J.C., Webster, D., Koziol-McLain, J., Block, C., Campbell, D., Curry, M. A., Gary, F., Glass, N., McFarlane, J., Sachs, C., Sharps, P., Ulrich, Y., Wilt, S., Manganello, J., Xu, X., Schollenberger, J., Frye, V. & Lauphon, K. (2003). Risk factors for femicide in abusive relationships: Results from a multisite case control study. American Journal of Public Health, 93(7), 1089-1097.

5 Truman, J.L. & Morgan, R.E. (2014). Nonfatal domestic violence, 2003-2012. Retrieved from

6 Ibid.

7 Ibid.

8 Bridges, F.S., Tatum, K. M., & Kunselman, J.C. (2008). Domestic violence statutes and rates of intimate partner and family homicide: A research note. Criminal Justice Policy Review, 19(1), 117-130.

9 Smith, S., Fowler, K. & Niolon, P. (2014). Intimate partner homicide and corollary victims in 16 states: National violent death reporting system, 2003-2009. American Journal of Public Health, 104(3), 461-466. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2013.301582.

10 Violence Policy Center. (2012). American roulette: Murder-suicide in the United States. Retrieved from

11 Ibid.

12 World Health Organization (2013). Global and regional estimates of violence against women: Prevalence and health effects of intimate partner violence and non-partner sexual violence. Retrieved from

13 Ibid.

14 Truman, J. L. & Morgan, R. E. (2014). Nonfatal domestic violence, 2003-2012. Retrieved from

15 Rothman, E., Hathaway, J., Stidsen, A. & de Vries, H. (2007). How employment helps female victims of intimate partner abuse: A qualitative study. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, 12(2), 136-143. doi: 10.1037/1076-8998.12.2.136.

16 World Health Organization (2004). The economic dimensions of intimate partner violence. Retrieved from

17 Ibid.

18 Finkelhor, D., Turner, H., Ormrod, R. & Hamby, S. (2011). Children’s exposure to intimate partner violence and other family violence. Retrieved from