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Domestic violence is a serious problem around the world. It violates the fundamental human rights of women and often results in serious injury or death.

World Health Organization 
 Alternative Horizons Statistics

From January – December 2019, Alternative Horizons provided comprehensive support and advocacy services to 456 unduplicated survivors of domestic violence and their children.  The following table categorizes the services provided.  Survivors are duplicated in the various service categories, as most survivors receive more than one type of service from AH staff and Volunteer Advocates. 

Service Category

Number of Clients Served

Advocacy/Support Services


Civil Legal Services & Civil Protection Orders

96 (69 Civil Legal and 27 Civil PO)

Criminal Legal Services


Financial Support


Multicultural Services


Phone Services

539 (duplicated callers)

Professional Counseling Services – Adult


Professional Counseling Services - Youth


“One thing we do know about domestic violence is that it is passed down from generation to generation. It is learned behavior.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                     Lester Aradi, Chief of Police Largo, Florida
National Statistics
  • 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men in the U.S. have experienced some form of physical abuse from an intimate partner.[1]
  • 1 in 15 children are exposed to intimate-partner violence annually, and 90% are eyewitnesses to this violence.[1]
  • An average of 20 people per minute experience intimate-partner physical violence, more than 10 million abuse victims annually.[1]
  • 1 in 4 women and 1 in 9 men experience severe physical violence, sexual violence, and/or stalking from an intimate partner, causing impacts including injury, fearfulness, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), contraction of sexually transmitted diseases, and use of victim services.[1]
  • 1 in 7 women and 1 in 18 men have been stalked by a current or former partner.[1]
  • Nearly 12% of high-school girls who dated during the 12 months preceding the National Youth Risk Behavior Survey reported being physically hurt on purpose by someone they were dating during that period. Nearly 16% reported having forced into unwanted sexual acts by someone they were dating. [2]
  • 43.8% of lesbian women and 61.1% of bisexual women have experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner at some point in their lifetimes. [3]
  • 16% of gay men and 37.3% of bisexual men have experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime.[3]
  • 19% of intimate-partner violence involves a weapon.[1] 
  • 1 in 3 female murder victims and 1 in 20 male murder victims are killed by intimate partners.[1]
  • Among transgender people of color, those respondents most likely to have been sexually assaulted in their lifetimes by intimate partners and others were American Indian (65%), multiracial 59%), Middle Eastern (58%), and Black (53%).[4]
  • 42% of transgender respondents reported experiencing intimate-partner violence. [5]
  • Only 34% of people injured by intimate partners receive medical care for their injuries.[1]
  • Victims of domestic violence lose a total of 8,000,000 days of paid work annually. The estimated annual cost to the U.S. economy is between $5.8 billion and $12.6 billion.[1]
  • Between 21% to 60% of victims of intimate-partner violence lose their jobs for reasons stemming from the abuse.[1]
  • Financial abuse occurs in 99% of domestic-abuse cases, although it's often unrecognized as such. More information on the effects of financial abuse can be found in this Financial Abuse Fact Sheet.[6]



 National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

International Statistics

  • The global prevalence of physical and/or sexual intimate-partner violence among all ever-partnered women is 30%. Some countries' studies indicate that up to 70% of women have experienced physical and/or sexual violence from an intimate partner. [6]
  • Data from females in six Asian and African countries show that women with disabilities are 2 to 4 times more likely to experience intimate-partner violence than women without disabilities. [7]
  • Globally, as many as 38% of all murders of women are committed by intimate partners. [7]
  • Globally, women who have been physically or sexually abused by their partners experience higher rates of medical issues and needs, including low-birth-weight babies, depression, and abortions. [7]


[1] National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), Domestic Violence Fact Sheet

[2] CDC's Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance, United States, 2015

[3] National Coalition Against Domestic Violence(NCADV), Statistics on DV and the LGBTQ Community

[4] Human Rights Campaign, U.S. Transgender Survey

[5] National Center For Transgender Equality, 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey

[6] National Network to End Domestic Violence(NNEDV), Financial Abuse Fact Sheet

[7] World Health Organization, Dept. of Reproductive Health and Research, Global and Regional Estimates Of Violence Against Women