DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN THE UNITED STATES|
Battering is the single largest cause of injury to adult women--over mugging, automobile accidents, and rape. 1
Each year, more than one million women seek medical treatment for injuries inflicted by
husbands, ex-husbands, or boyfriends. Domestic violence costs employers 3.5 billion dollars
in employee absenteeism and millions more in increased costs for health care benefits. 8
In general, 70% of men who abuse their female partners also abuse their children. 12
Between 15-25% of pregnant women are battered. 14
Nine out of ten murdered women are killed by men. Four out of five are murdered at home. Spousal killings account for 12% of all murders nationwide. 18
One study of a women's prison found that 40% of inmates incarcerated for murder or
manslaughter had killed partners who repeatedly assaulted them, These women had sought police
protection at least five times before resorting to homicide. 19
1. Heise, Lori, Fact Sheet on Gender Violence as a Health Issue, Center for
Women's Global Leadership, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J. 1993
3. Heise, Lori, "Violence Against Women: The Missing Agenda", Women's Health: A Global Perspective, Westview Press, 1992.
4. Sivard, Ruth Leger, Women....a World Survey, Washington,D.C.: World Priorities, 1985.
5. United Nations. The World's Women: Trends and Statistics 1979-1990, NY 1992.
6. United Nations Development Fund for Women. Women's Rights Are Human Rights, N.Y. 1992.
7. Facts on Domestic Violence. Courtesy Lynne Sowder, Y Care, Chicago (undated)
8. Executive Summary, National Domestic Violence Media Campaign, (undated); quoted in
WAC STATS:The Facts About Women, New York, 1992
11. Barbara Hart, 1988, in recent National Coalition Against Domestic Violence pamphlet
12. Bowker, Arbitell and McFerron "On the Relationship Between Wife Beating and Child Abuse", Feminist Perspectives on Wife Abuse, Kersti Yllo and Michael Bogard, eds. 1988.
13. Jaffe, Peter; Wolfe, David; Wilson, Susan Kaye Children of Battered Women, 1990.
14. Stark, Evan and Flitcraft, Anne, National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, fact sheet 1992.
15. Wolf, Naomi, The Beauty Myth, William Morrow and Co., NY. ,1991.
16. National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, fact sheet on child abuse,1992.
17. Rape in America, A Report to the Nation. Prepared by the National Victim Center and Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center, 1992.
18. Statistics, 1988, 1989, National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women, Philadelphia.
19. National Commission for Jail Reform, Washington, DC.; WAC STATS:The Facts About Women, NY., 1992 .