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Domestic Violence Can Be More Than Physical

Domestic violence is the establishment of control and fear in a relationship through violence and other forms of abuse. It occurs also in a continuum of severity, and offenders may use physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, economic oppression, isolation, threats, and maltreatment of the children to control the other person (DSS Domestic Violence Protocol, 1995).

Emergency Contact Information

If you or somebody you know are victims of domestic violence, don’t hesitate, contact:

Massachusetts SafeLink Hotline: 1-877-785-2020, TTY: 1-877-521-2601

National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)

Victims advocate (MOVA): 844-878-6682

Did you know…

  • On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. During one year, this equates to more than 10 million women and men.
  • 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been victims of [some form of] physical violence by an intimate partner within their lifetime.
  • 1 in 5 women and 1 in 7 men have been victims of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime.
  • 1 in 7 women and 1 in 18 men have been stalked by an intimate partner during their lifetime to the point in which they felt very fearful or believed that they or someone close to them would be harmed or killed.
  • On a typical day, there are more than 20,000 phone calls placed to domestic violence hotlines nationwide.
  • The presence of a gun in a domestic violence situation increases the risk of homicide by 500%.
  • Intimate partner violence accounts for 15% of all violent crime.
  • Women between the ages of 18-24 are most commonly abused by an intimate partner.
  • 19% of domestic violence involves a weapon.
  • Domestic victimization is correlated with a higher rate of depression and suicidal behavior.
  • Only 34% of people who are injured by intimate partners receive medical care for their injuries*


*Statistics provided by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence