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Domestic Abuse: The Facts and Figures
Domestic abuse is a serious problem we don’t talk about often enough. Abuse can take various forms. It can be physical, emotional, or financial. The common thread through each of them, is how the abuser uses their power to hold the abused hostage, in their own homes. While survivors span through all gender identities, females suffer from intimate partner violence at higher rates than males-- an estimate 85 percent of domestic abuse survivors are women.
Other shocking statistics regarding domestic abuse include:
● Over 38 million women experience physical intimate partner violence, in their lifetimes -- that is one out of every four women.
● Every day in the United States, three women are murdered by a current or former male partner.
● Black women experience domestic violence at rate 35 percent higher than white women.
● Women who experience domestic abuse are eight times more likely to be murdered by their partner, if there is a firearm in the household.
● In 98 percent of domestic violence cases, financial abuse also occurs.
● A transgender person of color is 2.6 times more likely to experience intimate partner violence than a non-LGBT person.
● A woman is 70 times more likely to be murdered by her abusive partner in the weeks after leaving.
● Those living with disabilities are more likely to experience violence and abuse than people without disabilities.