- 1400 women are beaten to death every year by their husbands or boyfriends.
- 2 to 4 million women are battered each year.
- Women are ten times more likely than men to be victimized by an intimate partner.
- Of women who are victims of assault and rape, the majority are women who are separated, divorced, single, or from low-income households
- African-Americans are more likely to be victims of assault and rape.
- 3.3 million children are exposed to violence by family members or female caretakers
- 40-60% of men who abuse women also abuse children
- Fathers who batter mothers are twice likely to seek sole physical custody of their children than are non-violent fathers
- 27% of domestic homicide victims were children (in 1996).
Legal intervention has saved lives and allowed victims to move on. The consequences of a cut in the budget appropriated for domestic violence are the following:
- Lack of free Legal aid: The reduction or absence of Legal aid reduces the chances for fighting for child custody and/or obtaining court-ordered protection against the abuser. Abused persons who are undocumented immigrants or in the process of legalization may find it difficult to petition the government for legal status.
- Lack of housing programs and transitional housing: The lack of shelters places the abused at a much higher risk as women and children will need to spend the night or continue to live with their abuser.
- Scaled-back counseling: Reduced counseling services will lead to prioritization of services such that only the brutally abused receives counseling. The reduction in crisis intervention also leads to a lack of social support and counseling which can lead to prolonged stays at shelters. This also lengthens the time for the abused to reach self-sufficiency. The average length of stay in a shelter is currently 25.5 days.
Members of Congress can also be sent pre-formatted letters petitioning the continued funding of VAWA by accessing the following websites: