There are several different types of domestic violence, psychological, financial, sexual, and physical. The most recognizable type of domestic violence is physical.

Domestic violence is a crime that in a number of instances goes unreported. The way domestic violence is classified also varies from state to state. In most instances domestic violence is usually committed by someone close to the victim, a lover, a friend, or family member.

Below are some facts and statistics regarding domestic violence against both men and women focusing primarily on physical abuse.

Domestic violence—whether against women or men—often goes unreported. Men in particular may decide not to report violence by an intimate partner to law enforcement for fear of being labeled the instigator or not believed. No instance of domestic violence is justified. Whether you’re male or female, it’s never your fault. If you are dealing with domestic violence, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-SAFE (7233). In case of an emergency dial 911


Violence Against Women

Every 9 seconds a woman is beaten in the U.S.

3.3 Million: Estimated number of children in the U.S. each year that witness violence against their mother

40-70: Percentage of female murder victims in the U.S. who were killed by their husbands or boyfriends, often within an ongoing abusive relationship.

40-60: Percentage of men who abuse women, also abuse children.

1 in 5: Number of teenage girls who said they have been in a relationship where the boyfriend threatened violence or self-harm if a breakup was to occur.

90-95: Percentage of domestic violence victims who are women.

175,000: Number of workdays American employees miss each year on account of domestic violence.


Violence Against Men

About 1 in 7 men ages 18 and older have experienced severe physical violence by an intimate partner.

Almost half (48.8 percent) of all men have dealt with some sort of psychological aggression by an intimate partner. This number is equal to women at 48.4 percent.

Nearly 1 in 18 men have been stalked by an intimate partner to the point they were scared for their life or safety or the lives or safety of loved ones.

Of rapes on men that were committed by someone known to the survivor, about 29 percent were by an intimate partner.

Men are the victims in about 6 percent of cases of murder-suicide in which the offender is an intimate partner.

An estimated 10.4 percent or approximately 11.7 million men in the U.S. have reported having an intimate partner get or attempt to get pregnant when the male partner didn’t agree to it.

The average cost for men seeking emergency care following an attack by an intimate partner is $387.

About 2 in 5 gay and bisexual men will experience intimate partner violence in their lifetime.

Nearly 8 percent of males who’ve reported domestic violence have been shot at, stabbed or hit with a weapon.

An estimated 5 percent of male homicide victims annually are killed by an intimate partner.


If you are dealing with domestic violence, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-SAFE (7233). In case of an emergency dial 911