Domestic Violence


One in four women(25%) has experienced domestic violence in her lifetime.
(The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and The National Institute of Justice, Extent, Nature, and Consequences of Intimate Partner Violence, July 2000. The Commonwealth Fund, Health Concerns Across a Woman’s Lifespan: 1998 Survey of Women’s Health, 1999)

Estimates range from 960,000 incidents of violence against a current or former spouse, boyfriend, or girlfriend to 3 million women who are physically abused by their husband or boyfriend per year.
(U.S. Department of Justice, Violence by Intimates: Analysis of Data on Crimes by Current or Former Spouses, Boyfriends, and Girlfriends, March 1998. The Commonwealth Fund, Health Concerns Across a Woman’s Lifespan: 1998 Survey of Women’s Health, 1999)



Women accounted for 85% of the victims of intimate partner violence.
(Bureau of Justice Statistics Crime Data Brief, Intimate Partner Violence, 1993-2001, February 2003)

Between 600,000 and 6 million women are victims of domestic violence each year.
(Rennison, C. (2003, Feb). Intimate partner violence. Us. Dpt. of Justice/Office of Justice Programs. NXJ 197838.
Straus, M. & Gelles, R. (1990). Physical violence in American families. New Brunswick, N.J.: Transaction Publishers.
Tjaden, P., & Thoennes, N. (2000). Extent, nature, and consequences of intimate partner violence. National Institute of Justice, NCJ 181867.)

Women ages 20-24 are at the greatest risk of nonfatal intimate partner violence.
(Bureau of Justice Statistics, Intimate Partner Violence in the U.S. 1993-2004, 2006.)



Between 1993 and 2004 intimate partner violence on average made up 22% of nonfatal intimate partner victimizations against women.
(Bureau of Justice Statistics, Intimate Partner Violence in the U.S. 1993-2004, 2006.)



Separated and divorced males and females are at a greater risk of nonfatal intimate partner violence.
(Bureau of Justice Statistics, Intimate Partner Violence in the U.S. 1993-2004, 2006.)



Studies show that access to shelter services leads to a 60-70% reduction in incidents and severity of re-assault during the 3-12 month follow-up period compared to women who did not access shelter. Shelter services led to greater reduction in severe re-assault than did seeking court or law enforcement protection, or moving to a new location. Shelter services can assist women with court proceedings such as order of protections against her abuser. Most shelters provide some type of counseling services for the abused and her children.
(Campbell, JC, PhD, RN, FAAN. Anna D. Wolf, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, Protective Action and Re-assault: Findings from the RAVE study.)



BATTERED WOMEN'S SHELTERS

Bridgeway Women's Center
(636) 946-6854

Women's Safe House
772-4535

St. Martha's Hall
533-1313

Wienman Center
423-1117

Fortress Outreach
381-4422

Women's Crisis Center
(618) 235-0892 - Belleville

Oasis
(618) 465-1978 - Alton

Phoenix Center

Lydia's House
(618) 451-1008 - Granite City

771-4411



*For additional counseling referrals or social service agencies, call Victim Services Division of the St. Louis County Prosecutor’s Office at: (314) 615-4872.