The Effect of Domestic Violence on Health


8 million women are physically, sexually, or emotionally abused annually in the U.S. (AMA)

Battering is the #1 cause of injury to women in the U.S. It accounts for more injury to women than rapes, muggings, and car accidents combined. (AMA)

50% of all women seen in medical practices in the U.S. will receive at least 1 serious beating from a partner or spouse in her lifetime. (AMA)

The average victim of DV will be physically abused 3 times per year. (AMA)

The National Crime Survey reports that DV is associated with: 30,000 ER visits, 40,000 physician visits, 21,000 hospitalizations, and more than 100,000 days of hospitalization time per year (Moss & Taylor)

The total annual health care costs of DV are estimated at $44,393,700.00 (Moss & Taylor)

20-45% of all injuries seen in ERs are the result of DV (Flitcraft)

2/3 of all women who are murdered die as a result of DV (Flitcraft)

Battered women are given 3 times more psychotropic meds, pain pills, and tranquilizers than their non-battered counterparts (Moss & Taylor)

Of battered women who seek medical treatment, only 1 in 10 is identified as a battered woman by the ER physician/nurse. For primary care clinics, the number stands at 1 in 20 (Sassetti)

Only 1 in 25 women who are battered seek medical treatment immediately following a violence incident (Sassetti)

25-45% of all women who are battered are battered during pregnancy (March of Dimes)

In 1995, on average, 2.3 victims were murdered per month in WV. The total number of shelter nights provided in WV that year was 18,665 (WVCADV)

These figures are markedly low & do not provide accurate statistics.

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