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Some facts about domestic violence and sexual violence.

Recent research from NSPCC

Research from 2009 has shown that exploitation and violence in teenage relationships are more common than previously thought. So, for example:

  • 13 to 15-year-olds are as likely to experience violence as the over-16s
  • 25 per cent of girls and 18 per cent of boys surveyed reported that they had experienced some form of physical violence.
  • Nearly 75 per cent of girls reported that they had experienced some sort of emotional violence from partners.
  • Over 75 per cent of girls with an older partner (in particular a "much older" one) reported that they had experienced physical violence.
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Numbers and percentages here reflect only those incidents that were reported.

  • Every 9 seconds in the US a woman is assaulted or beaten.
  • Around the world, at least one in every three women has been beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused during her lifetime. Most often, the abuser is a member of her own family.
  • Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women—more than car accidents, muggings, and rapes combined.
  • Studies suggest that up to 10 million children witness some form of domestic violence annually.
  • Nearly 1 in 5 teenage girls who have been in a relationship said a boyfriend threatened violence or self-harm if presented with a breakup.
  • Everyday in the US, more than three women are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends.
  • Ninety-two percent of women surveyed listed reducing domestic violence and sexual assault as their top concern.
  • Domestic violence victims lose nearly 8 million days of paid work per year in the US alone—the equivalent of 32,000 full-time jobs.
  • Based on reports from 10 countries, between 55 percent and 95 percent of women who had been physically abused by their partners had never contacted non-governmental organizations, shelters, or the police for help.
  • The costs of intimate partner violence in the US alone exceed $5.8 billion per year: $4.1 billion are for direct medical and health care services, while productivity losses account for nearly $1.8 billion.
  • Men who as children witnessed their parents’ domestic violence were twice as likely to abuse their own wives than sons of non-violent parents.

Alarming facts about how domestic violence impacts kids

  • 63% of all boys, age 11-20, who commit murder kill the man who was abusing their mother.
  • 75% of boys who are present when their mothers are beaten were later identified as having demonstrable behavior problems.
  • Children from homes characterized by domestic violence are five to seven times more likely to experience significant psychological problems relative to children in the general population.
  • Domestic violence exposed children are four times more likely to visit the school nurse.
  • More than half of school age children in domestic violence shelters show clinical levels of anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder.
  • Researchers have linked exposure to chronic abuse and violence with lower IQ scores, poorer language skills, decrements in visual-motor integration skills and problems with attention and memory.
  • Cognitive problems associated with exposure to violence and abuse comprises one of the most direct threats to the developmental task of school adaptation and academic achievement.
  • Witnessing violence as a child is associated with adult reports of depression, trauma-related symptoms and low self-esteem among women and trauma-related symptoms among men.
  • Children in homes where domestic violence occurs are physically abused or seriously neglected at a rate 1500% higher than the national average in the general population.
  • 3.3 million children witness domestic violence each year in the US

Young people and domestic violence

  • Research shows that women aged between 16 and 19 are at the highest risk of sexual assault (7.9 per cent), stalking (8.5 per cent) and domestic abuse (12.7 per cent). And women aged between 20 and 24 are only slightly less at risk, stalking (7.5 per cent) and domestic abuse (11.1 per cent).

Recent research from NSPCC

Research from 2009 has shown that exploitation and violence in teenage relationships are more common than previously thought. So, for example:
  • 13 to 15-year-olds are as likely to experience violence as the over-16s
  • 25 per cent of girls and 18 per cent of boys surveyed reported that they had experienced some form of physical violence.
  • Nearly 75 per cent of girls reported that they had experienced some sort of emotional violence from partners.
  • Over 75 per cent of girls with an older partner (in particular a "much older" one) reported that they had experienced physical violence.