Facts About Domestic Violence:

  • Approximately 24 people per minute are raped, physically assaulted, and/or stalked by an intimate partner (CDC NIPSVS, 2010)
  • 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men have been the victim of severe physical violence by an intimate partner (CDC NIPSVS Factsheet, 2010)
  • Nearly 1 in 5 women have been raped by someone in their lifetime. More than half (51.1%) of female victims of rape reported being raped by an intimate partner and 40.8% by an acquaintance (CDC NIPSVS, 2010)
  • Among women who have experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner, more than 1 in 5 women experienced some form of intimate partner violence for the first time between the ages of 11 and 17 years. Nearly half were between 18 and 34 years of age when they first experienced violence by an intimate partner (CDC NIPSVS Factsheet, 2010).
  • 81% of women who experienced rape, stalking or physical violence by an intimate partner reported significant short or long-term impacts to their physical and/or mental health as a result of the violence (CDC NIPSVS Factsheet, 2010).
  • 1 in 6 women have been stalked during their lifetime. 1 in 19 men have experienced stalking in their lifetime (CDC NIPSVS Factsheet, 2010).
  • Nearly 40% of women with disabilities report being victims of domestic violence, a percentage far higher than the general population (VAWOR DV Brief, 2009). 
  • Nearly half of all women and men in the United States have experienced psychological aggression by an intimate partner in their lifetime (CDC NIPSVS Executive Summary Report, 2010). 
  • In 2010, 241 males and 1095 females were murdered by an intimate partner (U.S. Department of Justice, FBI, 2011).
  • Between 2003 and 2009, there were 192 domestic violence-related homicides in Massachusetts (JDI Factsheet, 2010)

Statistics gathered from the Center for Disease Control National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence (CDC NIPSVS) Executive Summary and Fact Sheet, Violence Against Women Online Resources Domestic Violence Brief (VAWOR DV), Jane Doe Inc. Domestic Violence Awareness Month Fact Sheet 2010. 

Scope of the Problem:

  • In 2009, Massachusetts participated in the National Census of Domestic Violence Services. In one 24-hour period, 2,018 victims of domestic violence participated in domestic violence programs throughout the state 
  • 683 found refuge in emergency shelters or transitional housing;
  • 1,335 adults and children benefited from non-residential services, including individual counseling, legal advocacy, and children's support groups 

Statistics gathered from 2009 Census State Summary of Massachusetts.

Programs also reported:

  • 763 hotline calls—that's approximately 32 hotline calls every hour—providing life-saving support, information, safety planning, and resources to survivors, friends or family of victims.
  • 301 unmet requests for services, attributed to a critical shortage of funds and staff for housing, childcare, mental health and substance abuse counseling, and legal representation.

Information taken from Jane Doe, Inc. 2010 Fact Sheet

Statistics about Stalking:

  • It is estimated that 1.5% of men and women over 18 are victims of stalking (USDOJ Stalking Victims In the US-Revisited, 2012)
  • Recent divorcees or persons separated are 3.3% times more likely to be a victim of stalking compared to those who classified themselves under another marital status (USDOJ Stalking Victims In the US-Revisited, 2012).
  • 70% of victims of stalking knew their stalker in some capacity (USDOJ Stalking Victims In the US-Revisited, 2012).

Statistics gathered from the United States Department of Justice Stalking Victims in the United States-Revisited Special Report.