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Facts on Abuse

At least 1.8 million women are battered each year in the U.S.

Battering is the single major cause of death to women, exceeding rapes, mugging and auto accidents.

Between 2,000 and 4,000 women are beaten to death each year in the U.S.

The suicides of 20% of white women and 50% of black women are preceded by incidents of domestic violence.

60% of all married women experience physical violence by their husbands at some time during their marriage.

60% of battered women are also raped by their husbands.

90% of battered women report that their children have witnessed the battering.

In 30% of cases of abuse against women, children are also abused.

68% of boys between the ages of 11 and 20 kill the man who has been beating their mother.

More than 50% of the homeless women on the streets left home to escape beatings.

50 to 80% of the women treated at hospital emergency rooms are there for injuries inflicted by their domestic partners.

80% of men who batter commit no other crime.