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  • A woman is battered every 9 seconds in the US.  The Commonwealth Fund, First Comprehensive National Health Survey of American Women, July 1993
  • 1 out of every 4 US women has been assaulted by an intimate partner. US Department of Justice, Full Report of the Prevalence, Incidence and Consequences of Violence Against Women, November 2000
  • Approximately 1 in 5 female high school students report being physically and/or sexually abused by a dating partner. “Dating Violence Against Adolescent Girls and Associated Substance Use, Unhealthy Weight Control, Sexual Risk Behavior, Pregnancy, and Suicidality,” Journal of the American Medical Association, Vol. 286, November 5, 2001
  • Women are more likely to be victims of homicide when they separate from their husbands.  65% of intimate homicide victims had physically separated from the perpetrator prior to their death.  Florida Governor’s Task Force on Domestic and Sexual violence, Florida Mortality Review Project, p. 47, 1997.
  • One-third of all police time is spent responding to domestic violence disturbance call.  National Center on Women & Family Law, Battered Women:  The Facts, 1996.
  • It is estimated that approximately 25% of people in same-sex relationships experience violence by an intimate partner.  The Network for Battered Lesbians & the Gay Men’s Domestic Violence Project, 2000.
  • Women of all races are about equally vulnerable to violence by an intimate partner.  Bureau of Justice Statistics, Violence Against Women: Estimates from Redesigned Survey, August 1995
  • 37% of all women who sought care in hospital emergency rooms for violence-related injuries were injured by a current or former spouse, boyfriend or girlfriend.  Bureau of Justice Statistics, August 1997. Violence Related Injuries Treated in Hospital Emergency Departments
  • Women experience more intimate partner violence than do men.  Approximate 1.3 million women and 835, 000 men are physically assaulted by an intimate partner annually in the US.  US Department of Justice, Full Report of the Prevalence, Incidence, and Consequences of Violence Against Women, 2000
  • According to a report presented to the Senate Judiciary Committee, 50% of all homeless women and children in this country are fleeing domestic violence.  Elizabeth Schneider, “Legal Reform Efforts for Battered Women: Past, Present and Future”, prepared for the Ford Foundation
  • A child’s exposure to the father abusing the mother is the strongest risk factor for transmitting violence behavior from one generation to the next.  Report of the American Psychological Association Presidential Task Force on Violence and the Family, APA 1996
  • 79% of violent children have witnessed violence between their parents.  Family Prevention Fund, 1991 “The Invisible Victim, Children of the War At Home.”  Source quoted as Lewis, et al. 1983
  • Each day, more than 3 women in the US are murdered by a male intimate partner.  US Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, Violence by Intimates, 2000
  • Nearly 2/3 of all homicides committed by young men under age 20 are sons killing the man who has been their mother.  (IBID)



  • Domestic violence victims accounted for over a quarter of all violent crime victims in 2001.  2002 MN Crime Survey
  • The most common reason for women to seek temporary shelter in MN is to flee an abusive partner.  30% of all women surveyed in 2000 were homeless, at least in part, because of domestic abuse in the last 12 months.  Wilder Research Center’s Homeless Adults and Children in Minnesota: Statewide survey of people without permanent shelter, 2000
  • MN deaths due to domestic abuse in 2011: 23 women, 4 children, 6 family members/friends, and 1 man.  MN For Battered Women 2011 Femicide Report
  • MN deaths due to domestic abuse in 2010: 16 women, 7 children, 4 family members/ friends, and 2 men.  MN for Battered Women 2011 Femicide Report



  • In 2009, over 18,000 domestic violence calls were made to 911 in Minneapolis alone.