Domestic Violence Statistics

Domestic Violence in Chicago...

(Chicago Police Department Quarterly DV summary, March 2008)

In 2007, the Chicago Police Department responded to a total of 206,279 domestic violence related calls made to 911, averaging 565 domestic violence related calls daily.

Bodily harm to an intimate partner is the 10th most-frequent, highest ranking arrest charge to date in 2008.

Domestic murder is the 4th highest motive for murder so far in 2008.

The age range of the domestic violence murder victims in 2008 was 22 to 62 years old.

Domestic Violence Nationally...

1 in 3 women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime (U.S. Department of Justice, 2002).

Children are 1,500 times more likely to be abused in homes where partner abuse occurs (U.S. Department of Justice, 1993).

2 million American women are assaulted by their male partners each year, according to the American Medical Association (Arkansas Coalition Against Domestic Violence 2008).

Every 9 seconds a woman in the United States is beaten by her husband, boyfriend, or live-in partner (The Commonwealth Fund, First National Health Survey of American Women, 2003).

Each day…4 women and 3 children die as a result of abuse (Arkansas Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 2008).

A child's exposure to the domestic abuse is the strongest risk factor for transmitting violent behavior from one generation to the next (American Psychological Association, 1996).

The cost of domestic violence annually exceeds $5.8 billion, including $4.1 billion in direct health care expenses (National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, 2003).

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