At the time this represented an annual "investment" in domestic violence of at least $3 billion (Shabazz).
A woman is battered every 12-15 seconds in the United States. This fact represents the single largest cause of personal physical injury to women between the ages of 15 and 44 in the United States. This becomes even more significant when the tally represents more than the combined occurrences of car accidents, muggings, and rapes. Additional statistics include the following("Domestic Violence Facts Sheet"):
As violence becomes more frequent in the home, children experience a 300% increase in physical violence by the male abuser.
63% of the young men between ages 11 and 20 who are serving time for homicide have killed their mother's abuser.
37% of the women who have been physically battered by their husbands, were also raped by their husbands.
Currently, there are 2,000 battered women in America who are serving prison time for defending their lives against their batterers.
There are nearly three times as many animal shelters in the United States as there are shelters for battered women.
Battered women who have chosen to resort to homicide (in order to relieve the situation) have often tried repeatedly and unsuccessfully to obtain pro