Statistics on Domestic & Sexual Violence

  • 1 in 4 women (24.3%) and 1 in 7 men (13.8%) aged 18 and older in the United States have been the victims of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime.
  • In the state of New Jersey, an act of domestic violence happens every 7.29 minutes.
  • Nearly three out of four (74%) Americans personally know someone who is or has been a victim of domestic violence.
  • 30% of Americans say they know a woman who has been physically abused by her husband or boyfriend in the past year.
  • Domestic Violence is the largest cause of homelessness in the United States.
  • There are nearly three times as many animal shelters in the United States as there are shelters for battered women and their children.
  • 27% of battered women surveyed said they were prevented from having any access to money by their abuser; 51% lacked access to charge accounts.
  • The cost of domestic violence to the US economy is more than $8.3 billion. This cost includes medical care, mental health services, and lost productivity (e.g., time away from work).
  • In New Jersey, children were involved or present in 31% of all domestic violence offenses.
  • In FY 2012, 180’s Safe House provided emergency shelter to 152 individuals with an average length of stay of 60 days. 185 individuals had to be turned away due to a lack of space.
  • In the last 5 years, 180 turned away over 400 families due to lack of space.