Domestic Violence

Defining Domestic Abuse

Domestic Violence is a systematic pattern of control and violence inflicted by one inmate partner to another. It is not constrained by socioeconomic boundaries, age, race, or sex. Domestic violence manifests in many different ways and varies by frequency and degree. Every nine seconds a woman in the United States is beaten. This is a pattern that can be broken. Knowing what to look for and learning how to predict the violence empowers the victims as well as those who love them by making it a preventable issue. Safety planning, a solid escape plan, and the means of holding offenders accountable are all key aspects of getting the victims the help they need. 

Important Statistics

  • On average 20 people are physically abused every 60 seconds by intimate partners.
  • Every 9 seconds a woman is assaulted or beaten.
  • 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been physically abused by an intimate partner.
  • On a typical day, domestic violence hotlines nationwide receive approximately 20,800 calls. 

What is the risk?

What are the chances you will become a statistic?

Are you or someone you love in an abusive relationship? If so, we strongly suggest using the Danger Assessment Tool (link located below) in order to gauge exactly how high your risk of being killed by your intimate partner is. The Danger Assessment is an instrument that helps determine the level of danger a victim of domestic violence abuse has of being killed by their intimate partner. The tool was originally developed by Jacquelyn Campbell (1986) with consultation and content validity support from battered women, shelter workers, law enforcement officials, and other clinical experts on battering(1). 

Please Use the Danger Assessment Tool to Assess Your Personal Risk.


1. Campbell, Jacquelyn. "DangerAssessment." Danger Assessment. Johns Hopkins School of  Nursing, 2017. Web. 13 June 2017. <>.