- Abuse is about one person exercising power and control over another.
- It may be physical, but it can also be financial, psychological, spiritual, sexual, verbal and emotional.
- It can and does happen to all kinds of people, regardless of their age, gender, income, education or ethnicity.
- It is never their fault.
Abuse in the United States
- About 1 in 4 women and nearly 1 in 10 men have experienced sexual violence, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner during their lifetime and reported some form of intimate partner violence related impact.
- Over 43 million women and 38 million men experienced psychological aggression by an intimate partner in their lifetime.
- Nearly 1 in 5 women and about 1 in 7 men report having experienced severe physical violence from an intimate partner in their lifetime.
- 1 in 5 women experience rape or attempted rape in their lifetime. More than a third of women in the US report unwanted sexual contact in their lifetime.
- Nearly 23 million women and 1.7 million men have been the victims of rape or attempted rape in their lifetime.
Source: Center for Disease Control & Prevention
Abuse in Texas
- In 2018, more women in Texas were killed by their male intimate partner than at any time during the previous decade. Harris County had more male and female intimate partner fatalities than the next three highest fatality counties combined (source: Texas Council on Family Violence).
- Leaving doesn’t equal safety - 1 in 3 women killed by their intimate partner in Texas had ended the relationship (source: Texas Council on Family Violence).
- 6.3 million Texans have experienced some form of sexual assault in their lifetime
Source: University of Texas at Austin Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault