The Reality of Domestic Violence in New Hampshire

Women

More than half of all women in our state have experienced sexual and/or physical assault over the course of their lifetime.  

•  At least a third of women have been the victim of a physical assault by an intimate partner.
•  The number of female victims in an intimate violence situation in our state is greater than the population of Manchester and Concord combined by almost 14,000.
•  In the case of physical violence, the perpetrator is most likely to be a spouse, ex-spouse or cohabiting partner.

In the U.S.

• Three women are murdered every day by a current or former male partner
• Every minute 20 people are victims of intimate partner violence
• Women lose 8,000,000 days of paid work every year because of the abuse perpetrated against them by current or former male partners. This loss is equivalent to over 32,000 full-time jobs.
50% of lesbian women will experience domestic violence (not necessarily intimate partner violence) in their lifetimes.

Men

The estimated number of men who have been physically assaulted, when standing shoulder to shoulder, would cover the state from Berlin to Manchester.

  • Nearly 1 in 4 men (24%) reported being physically assaulted by an intimate partner.
  • Two thirds of the perpetrators of physical assaults against men were other men; women perpetrated one third of the physical assaults.
  • Overall, men are much more likely to be sexually or physically assaulted by another man.
  • Physical violence against men affects all age groups but young men and boys are at the greatest risk.
  • In the case of physical violence, the perpetrator is most likely to be a spouse, ex-spouse or cohabiting partner.

In the U.S

  • 1 in 7 men will be victims of severe violence by an intimate partner in their lifetimes.
  • 2 in 5 gay or bisexual men will experience intimate violence situations in their lifetimes.
  • Worldwide, men who were exposed to domestic violence as children are 3 to 4 times more likely to perpetrate intimate violence situations as adults than men who did not experience abuse as children.

Resource: NHCADSV.  Click here to see the New Hampshire Violence Against Women Survey Results by the NHCADSV.

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