- On average, more than three women a day are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends in the United States. In 2005, 1,181 women were murdered by an intimate partner.
- In 2008, the CDC published data showing that women experience two million injuries from intimate partner violence each year.
- Nearly one in four women in the U.S. reports experiencing violence by a current or former spouse or boyfriend at some point in her life.
- There were over 248,000 rapes/sexual assaults in the U.S. in 2007, more than 500 per day, up from nearly 191,000 in 2005.
- The U.S. Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Statistics estimates that 3.4m persons were victims of stalking during a 12-month period in 2005 and 2006.
I'd like to introduce you to an organization that has worked hard to educate the general public, policy makers and government officials on the impact and prevalence of intimate partner violence. It's the Family Violence Prevention Fund. Their website is here.
This is a great time of year to remember this organization and to consider making a donation. Perhaps you can make a gift in someone's name. More information here.