Domestic Violence - Who Is at Risk
Domestic violence affects all types of people,
regardless of gender, ethnicity, race, sexual identity, social status,
Many people have been hurt by domestic violence. About 25% of women (25 out of 100) and 8% of men (8 out of 100) in the United States have been physically
and/or sexually abused by an intimate partner at some point in their adult
lives.1 But just because it happens a lot doesn't make it okay.
Here are some things you should know:
- While domestic violence can
affect men, most victims are women.1
- Domestic violence can happen to anyone, but being poor increases the chances that it will occur.4
The stress of poverty can increase conflict in a relationship. That conflict sometimes leads to violence.
- Alcohol abuse also increases the
risk. In about 45% of domestic
violence cases, men had been drinking. In 20% of cases, women had been
- The risks can increase when a partner is thinking about leaving the relationship. This might cause the other
person to feel as if he or she is losing control. A person is at increased
risk of being a victim of stalking, attempted murder, or murder after leaving an abusive
relationship.4 But it's important to remember that most women who are able to leave won't have another abusive relationship.
Other things that can put you at risk include having a partner who has lost a job or who has medical or mental health problems.
Domestic abuse is also a
big problem among the elderly. For more information, see