Domestic Violence


  • 1 in 4 adolescents report experiencing verbal, physical, emotional, or sexual abuse from a dating partner each year.

  • Witnessing violence between one’s parents or caretakers is the strongest risk factor of transmitting violent behavior from one generation to the next.

  • Studies show that 3-4 million children between the ages of 3-17 are at risk of exposure to domestic violence each year.

  • U.S. government statistics say that 95% of domestic violence cases involve women victims of male partners. The children of these women often witness the domestic violence.

  • 1 in 4 girls (25%) are sexually abused by the age of 18.

  • 1 in 6 boys (17%) are sexually abused by the age of 18.

  • Most teen sexual abuse victims (7 in 10, or 70%) know their abuser. It is generally a family member, or someone close to the family.

National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) – COVID-19: Coalition Guidance for Programs

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