October 2019: National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

The following statistics** are provided to bring awareness to the detrimental cycle and effects of Domestic Violence. Stated below are national statistics regarding the health, economic, and overall impact that Domestic Violence can have on adult and children survivors.

At the Kathy J. Weinman Shelter for Domestic Violence in St. Louis County, it is their fundamental purpose to provide survivors with safe shelter, therapeutic interventions for women and children, and assistance with moving forward in their journey of empowerment, independence, and sustainable housing.


  • On a typical day, there are more than 20,000 phone calls placed to domestic violence hotlines nationwide.
  • Nearly 1 in 4 women have experienced severe physical violence by an intimate partner during their lifetime.
  • 1 in 7 women have been injured by an intimate partner.
  • On average, a victim of domestic violence returns to their batterer 7 times before leaving permanently.
  • In Missouri in 2018, there were 43,166 people who were provided Domestic Violence services.


  • 1 in 15 children are exposed to intimate partner violence each year, and 90% of these children are eyewitnesses to this violence.
  • Approximately 5 million children are exposed to domestic violence every year.
  • Nationally, 50% of batterers who abuse their intimate partners also abuse their children.
  • Worldwide, men who were exposed to domestic violence as children are 3-4x more likely to perpetrate intimate partner violence as adults.
  • 4% of high school students report being hit, slapped, or physically hurt on purpose by their boyfriend or girlfriend in the last 12 months.


  • Victims of intimate partner violence lose a total of 8.0 million days of paid work each year.
  • Between 21 and 60% of victims of intimate partner violence lose their jobs due to reasons stemming from abuse.
  • Approximately 63% of homeless women have experienced domestic violence in their adult lives.
  • 28% of families are homeless because of domestic violence.
  • Between 22 and 57% of all homeless women report domestic violence as the immediate cause of their homelessness.


  • Studies suggest that there is a relationship between intimate partner violence, depression, anxiety, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and suicidal behavior.


**Statistics are cited from The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) and

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