Domestic Violence / Abuse Statistics

  • Children exposed to multiple categories of abuse (physical, sexual, or emotional) died, on average 20 years earlier than their counterparts who had not been abused.
  • Children impacted by domestic violence have symptoms similar to children who are physically abused.
  • 1 out of every 5 children will need or be required to obtain mental health services throughout their teenage years.
  • Approximately three-quarters (71%) of the domestic violence victims identified by law enforcement in New Mexico were female.
  • Among victims, there is a connection between domestic violence and substance abuse, Alcoholic women are more likely to report a history of childhood physical and emotional abuse.
  • Multiple studies have found correlations between domestic violence exposure and child behavioral & emotional health.
  • Only 19% of boys agree that they know what consent means. After intervention, that number increases to 75%.

  • 1 in 6 New Mexican were victims of stalking in their lifetime. 1 in 4 (25%) women and 1 in 14 (7%) men.
  • Domestic violence is one of the primary causes of homelessness for women and their children in the United States. 38 percent of all victims experience homelessness at some point in their lives.


  • Safe and affordable housing is one of the primary barriers victims of domestic violence will face when leaving their abusive partner.
  • Adolescents who lived with domestic violence as children are more depressed and aggressive than their peers. This history also correlates with delinquency and dating violence.
  • In the United States, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner. This equates to more than 10 million victims per year.
  • 38% of victims receiving housing services at local domestic violence programs are children.
  • Nearly half of U.S. cities surveyed indicated that domestic violence was the primary cause of homelessness in their cities.
  • Children who are exposed to domestic violence are significantly more likely as adults to abuse their own families. Witnessing violence in the home is the strongest risk factor for transmitting violent behavior from one generation to the next.