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  • Nearly three in four family violence victims are female – 73%. (US Bureau of Justice, June 2005)
  • US Bureau of Justice found that family violence accounted for 11 to 33 percent of all violent crime from 1998 to 2002, depending on whether the source was victimization surveys or police data.
  • US Bureau of Justice also found that family violence remains under-reported. About two in five incidents were not reported to police from 1998 to 2002.
  • More than 50% of women in New Hampshire state they have experienced abuse. (NH Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, University of New Hampshire, and state authorities, 2007)
  • The Attorney General Iowahas noted an increase to 20 murders from domestic abuse in 2006, up from 15 in 2005 (KWWL Iowa, April 2007).
  • Nearly half of the women surveyed in the Puget Sound area of Seattle reported that they had been physically, sexually or psychologically abused by their partners at some point in their adult lives. Thirty per cent said they had been hit. (Group Health Center for Health Studies, Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center and the University of Washington. Reported in Seattle Times, May 16, 2006)
  • In Texas, over 185,000 incidents of domestic violence occurred during 2003. (Texas governor's office, http://www.governor.state.tx.us/divisions/women/work/violence)
  • Non-fatal intimate partner victimization for females was about four victimizations per 1,000 persons age 12 and older in 2004, down from about 10 in 1993. The average annual rate of non-fatal intimate partner violence from 1993 to 2004 was highest for American Indian and Alaskan Native females at 18.2 victimizations per 1,000 females aged 12 and older. Overall, only 21 percent of female victims and 10 percent of male victims contacted an outside agency for assistance. (Bureau of Justice Statistics, http://ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs//pub/press/ipvpr.htm)
  • Domestic violence is the major cause of death and disability for European women aged 16 to 44 and accounts for more death and ill-health than cancer or traffic accidents. (reported by Amnesty International) http://web.amnesty.org/actforwomen/domestic-index-eng
  • In Russia in 1999 and again in 2002, authorities estimate more than 14,000 women were murdered at the hands of a spouse or family member. In 2001, 65,000 women sought help from crisis centers in Russia. Yet, the law still does not recognize domestic violence as a specific crime in Russia, despite 50 attempts to pass such laws in parliament. (Amnesty International) http://www.amnesty.org/russia/womens_day.html
  • A survey by the General Union of Women and UNIFEM found that one in four married women in Syria are abused, in 70% of the cases by her husband or father. Syrian women hold 12% of elected office, the second highest proportion in the Middle East after Tunisia (Reuters, April 2006).
  • A senior official announced a 20% increase in recorded incidents of domestic violence in Jordan in 2005 over the previous year—1,800 cases in 2005. (IRIN News, July 2006)
  • In Algeria, 7,400 women filed domestic violence complaints in 2005, up 1,555 from the total in 2004. Algeria has more than 30 safehouses throughout the capital. (AFP, December 2006)
  • In a 1999-2000 survey by the Gaza Community Mental Health Program, a total of 62.5% of women reported having experienced some form of domestic abuse. The highest rate was among divorced women (100%) and in cities, while the rate lowered in refugee camps and villages. (IDRC, Canada)
  • Studies in the US, Israel, Canada, Australia, and South Africa found that 40-70% of female murder victims were killed by husbands or boyfriends. (World Health Organization)
  • In the 2004 International Violence Against Women Survey, 57% of Australian women reported having experienced violence in their lifetime, 10% in the prior 12 months. http://www.aic.gov.au/publications/rpp/56/06_ch2.html
  • In Australia, 42% of women who experienced violence by a partner were pregnant at the time of the violence and 20% experienced violence for the first time during pregnancy (ABS Women's Safety Survey, 1996)
  • In the Kissi District of Kenya, 42 per cent of women report having been "beaten regularly" by their husbands. (UNFPA, http://www.unfpa.org/intercenter/role4men/eliminat.htm )
  • In the 2005 World Health Organization Multi-Country Study on Women's Health and Domestic Violence, the local rates in ten countries of ever-partnered women who had experienced violence from an intimate partner was:
    • 69 % Peru (province), 51% Peru (city)
    • 71% Ethiopia (province)
    • 62% Bangladesh (province), 53% Bangladesh (city)
    • 56% Tanzania (province), 41% Tanzania (city)
    • 47% Thailand (province), 41% Thailand (city)
    • 46% Samoa
    • 37% Brazil (province), 29% Brazil (city)
    • 36% Namibia (city)
    • 24% Serbia and Montenegro (city)
    • 15% Japan (city)