Incidence in Adults

  • 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men has experienced severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime (e.g., hit with a fist or something hard, beaten, slammed against something).17
  • 1 in 10 women (10.7%) and 1 in 50 men (2.1%) have been stalked by an intimate partner in their lifetime.18
  • Forty-four percent of lesbian women, 61% of bisexual women, and 35% of heterosexual women experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime.19
  • Twenty-six percent of gay men, 37% of bisexual men, and 29% of heterosexual men experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner at some point in their lifetime.20
  • Approximately 1 in 5 bisexual women (22%) and nearly 1 in 10 heterosexual women (9%) have been raped by an intimate partner in their lifetime.21
  • More than half of respondents to the U.S. Trans Survey (54%) experienced some form of intimate partner violence, including acts involving coercive control and physical harm.22
  • Most domestic violence is committed against women (82%), compared to men (18%).23
  • More than 90 percent of relationship violence that is instrumental in the maintenance of control — the more systematic, persistent, and injurious type of violence — is perpetrated by men.24

Impact on Children & Young People

  • Each year, 1 in 15 children live in homes in which one of the parents (or the parent’s partner) abuses the other adult. 90% of these children are eyewitnesses to the violence.25
  • 1 in 3 (31%) children who witnessed intimate partner violence reported being physically abused themselves. Of those children who did not witness intimate partner violence, only 4.8% reported physical abuse.26
  • All children who live with intimate partner violence are affected differently and not all are traumatized.27
  • Nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner in a single year.28
  • 18.7% of Maine middle schoolers report that violence in their home, or the threat of violence, has caused them to have to leave home, even if only temporarily.29
  • 8.3% of Maine high schoolers report that in the preceding year, someone they were dating or going out with physically hurt them on purpose at least once. The percentage was higher for gay/lesbian students (19.2%) and bisexual students (18.3%) than for heterosexual students (6.7%).30
  • 81 percent of parents believe teen dating violence is not an issue or admit they don’t know if it’s an issue.31

Here in Maine:

  • Advocates from the MCEDV network worked with 14,351 people statewide in 2018.32
  • In 2018: 34,053 calls came in to the helplines staffed by our member Domestic Violence Resource Centers.33
  • Of the total served, 859 people, including 333 children, found safety in a Domestic Violence Resource Center shelter. This represents 4% of the total number of people served in 2018.34
  • In 2017, 638 volunteers from across the state donated 44,339 hours to help meet the needs of victims of domestic violence, representing a monetary value of $665,085.35
  • In Maine, a domestic violence assault is reported to law enforcement every 2 hours and 5 minutes.36
  • In 2017, domestic violence assaults comprised 40.2% of the total assaults reported to law enforcement.37
  • Nationally, only about half of all domestic violence crimes are reported to the police.38

17 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey.” 2010.
18 Ibid.
19 Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. “National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey: 2010 Findings on Victimization by Sexual Orientation” 2010.
20 Ibid.
21 Ibid.
22 National Center for Transgender Equality. “Report of the 2015 Transgender Survey.” 2015.
23 Truman & Morgan. “Nonfatal Domestic Violence, 2003-2012.” 2014.
24 Kimmel, Michael. ”‘Gender Symmetry’ in Domestic Violence: A Substantive and Methodological Research Review.” 2002.
25 Hamby, Finkelhor, et al. “Children’s Exposure to Intimate Partner Violence and Other Family Violence.” 2011.
26 Hamby, S, Finkelhor, D., Turner, H., & Ormrod, R. “ The overlap of witnessing partner violence with child maltreatment and other victimizations in a nationally representative survey of youth.” Child Abuse and Neglect 34, 734-741. 2010.
27 Futures Without Violence. “The Facts on Children’s Exposure to Intimate Partner Violence.”
28 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Physical Dating Violence Among High School Students—United States, 2003,” Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, May 19, 2006, Vol. 55, No. 19.
29 2015 Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey. “Middle School Detailed Report.”
30 2015 Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey. “High School Detailed Report.”
31 “Women’s Health,” June/July 2004, Family Violence Prevention Fund and Advocates for Youth.
32Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence. “2018 Snapshot.”
33 Ibid.
34 Ibid.
35 Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence. “2017 Annual Report.”
36 Maine Dept. of Public Safety. “Crime in Maine 2017.” 
37 Ibid.
38 Truman & Morgan. “Nonfatal Domestic Violence, 2003-2012.” 2014