Domestic Abuse — A Silent Epidemic 2017-08-06T05:07:06+00:00

What is Abuse?

Domestic Abuse — A Silent Epidemic

Is domestic abuse common?
  • Each year, approximately 2 million women are severly assaulted by male partners.
  • Each year, an estimated 3.3 million children witness domestic abuse.
  • Each year, 40% of teenage girls ages 14-17 report knowing someone their age who has been hit or beaten by a boyfriend.
What is the effect on society?
  • Businesses pay an estimated $3 to $5 billion a year in medical expenses associated with domestic violence and forfeit an additional $100 million a year in lost wages, sick leave, absenteeism and non-productivity.
  • Domestic abuse has been linked to a wide range of societal problems; people from violent homes include 89% of violent criminals; 95% of homeless people; a large percentage of alcoholics and drug addicts; many juvenile delinquents; and a majority of welfare recipients.
Is it a problem in DuPage County?
  • The DuPage County Health Department identified domestic abuse and child abuse/neglect as two of the top five major public health problems.
  • DuPage crime data indicate that domestic abuse is the county’s second most prevalent offense.

Only a small percentage of domestic incidents are reported, so we know these statistics represent only the tip of the iceberg.