Domestic Violence Facts:
- 95% of Domestic Violence victims are women (U.S. Department of Justice).
- Over three million women are battered each year (FBI 1990).
- The Surgeon General has declared Domestic Violence as the leading cause of injury to women between the ages of 15-44; more than rapes, muggings, and car accidents combined.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cites that a woman is in nine times more danger in her own home than on the street
- Nearly one-third of all women murdered in the US in 1998 were killed by a current or former intimate partner; guns were used in almost two-thirds of the homicides (Homicide Trends in the US, 2001).
- Thirty-seven percent of all women who sought emergency room treatment for violence-related injuries were injured by a current or former spouse, boyfriend, or girlfriend (US Department of Justice, 1998).
- Between twelve percent and thirty-five percent of teenagers have experienced some form of violence - from pushing and shoving to hitting - in a dating relationship (Simon and Golden, 1997).
If you are in immediate danger, call 9-1-1 for the police to come to your aid.
To talk with someone about your options, call SafeLink at 1-877-785-2020 or TTY 1-877-785-2020. SafeLink is a 24-hour, free and multi-lingual hotline for programs in Massachusetts.
For additional information regarding domestic violence and sexual assault, please go to Jane Doe, Inc - The Massachusetts Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence.
To find the domestic violence program nearest you outside of Massachusetts, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-SAFE (800-799-7233).