IMPACT ON SOCIETY
$37 BILLION A YEAR
Domestic violence costs more than $37 BILLION a year in the United States in Law Enforcement involvement, legal work, medical and mental health care treatment, and lost productivity at companies.
The number of days of paid work that women lose every year because of the abuse perpetrated against them by current or former male partners, the equivalent of over 32,000 full time jobs.
The number of mental health care visits due to intimate partner violence every year.
The approximate number of domestic violence incidents occurring in the workplace every year.
Health care plans spend an average of $1,775.00 more per year on abused women than on general enrollees.
The average cost of emergency care for intimate partner violence related incidents for women.
The percentage of 'Financial Abuse' that occurs in domestic violence cases. The leading reason that domestic violence victims stay with, or return to, an abusive relationship is because the abuser controls the financial resources, leaving the victims with no financial resources to leave.
ONLY ABOUT 60%
About 60% of family violence victimizations are reported to police.
Over 20% of women do not report domestic violence because they are afraid of physical reprisal by the abuser.
BETWEEN 50% AND 60%
of women receiving public benefits have experienced physical abused by an intimate partner at some point in their adult lives according to a study (some studies report as high as 80%).
Alcohol abuse and alcoholism have a substantial impact on the families of alcohol abusers and alcoholics, and contributes to domestic violence.
ONLY 1 OUT OF 10
Primary care providers routinely screen for intimate partner abuse during new patient visits or periodic checkups.
BUT ALMOST 8 OUT OF 10
of the patients studied reported they wish their health care providers asked them privately about intimate partner violence.
BUT WHEN THEY DO
Recent research suggests that women experiencing domestic violence significantly increase their safety promoting behaviors over both the short term and long term when health care providers screen for, identify, and provide follow up care and information to address domestic violence.
The estimated cost every year in the U.S. of rape and sexual assault from: lost productivity, medical and mental health care, police and fire services, social services, loss of and damage to property, and reduced quality of life.
Not reporting sexual assault and domestic violence in rural areas is a particularly serious problem because of the high rate of non-stranger sexual assault, and the particular hardships facing women victims of domestic violence, such as reduced public transportation and difficulty of ensuring confidentiality in small communities and geographic isolation.
Congress has made a finding that all elements of American society have a shared responsibility in responding to child abuse, neglect, and domestic violence.
92% OF ALL WOMEN
In a recent survey, 92% of women said that fighting sexual and domestic violence should be a top public priority (a higher percentage than any other issue).
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