Facts about Domestic Violence

    • Nearly one-fourth of all relationships include violence.
    • Wife-beating is the most common but least reported crime in the U.S.
    • Over 40% of the women murdered are killed by their husbands or partners, usually after having been abused by them for years.
    • Up to one-half of all wives are beaten at least once by their husbands.
    • Domestic violence happens to people of all races, income, and education levels.
    • Violence in the home usually becomes more frequent and severe over time.
    • Victims of domestic violence may be silent because of embarrassment or shame.