What Are Some Facts on Domestic Abuse?


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From 1994 to 2010, single mothers were 10 times more likely to be abused than married women with children, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics. In 2001, intimate partner violence made up 20 percent of all nonfatal violent crime against women. The overall national rate of intimate partner abuse has decreased by 64 percent, and about four out of five victims were female.

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What Are Some Facts on Domestic Abuse?
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Statistics for domestic abuse, referred to as intimate partner violence by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, reveal that married families have the lowest rates of abuse, whereas single-parent homes experience the highest intimate partner abuse by dating or cohabiting relational partners. Additional reports also reveal that children are least likely to experience abuse from their own biological parents and most likely to experience abuse from unrelated, unmarried adults such as boyfriends or girlfriends of the child's parent. Some reports indicate the rate of spousal abuse is higher in immigrant families than among adults born in the United States. Intimidation, stalking, sexual abuse and physical abuse occur in all kinds of relationships, including those of teenagers, college students, the elderly and same-sex relationships.

The Bureau of Justice Statistics has produced several reports showing crime rates and trends for these various crimes, and these reports can be found at the Bureau of Justice Statistics website. The American Bar Association has a summary report of intimate partner crime statistics on its website, which pulls statistics from the Bureau of Justice Statistics as well as other organizations.

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