The True Statistics:
An overwhelming majority of domestic violence victims are women:
90 - 95% of domestic violence victims are women.
Bureau of Justice Statistics Selected Findings: Violence Between Intimates (NCJ-149259), November 1994.
As many as 95% of domestic violence perpetrators are male.
A Report of the Violence against Women Research Strategic Planning Workshop sponsored by the National Institute of
Justice in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 1995.
Much of female violence is committed in self-defense, and inflicts
less injury than male violence. Chalk & King, eds., Violence in Families: Assessing Prevention & Treatment
Programs, National Resource Council and Institute of Medicine, p. 42 (1998).
During 1992-1993, women were 6 times more likely to experience
violence by an intimate partner than men. Bureau of Justice Statistics Special Report: Violence Against Women: Estimates
from the Redesigned Survey (NCJ-154348), August 1995, p. 1.
The chance of being victimized by an intimate is 10 times greater
for a woman than a man. Bureau of Justice Statistics Special Report: National Crime Victimization Survey, Violence
Against Women, 1994.
70% of intimate homicide victims are female. Bureau
of Justice Statistics Selected Findings: Violence Between Intimates (NCJ-149259), November 1994.
Male perpetrators are 4 times more likely to use lethal violence
than females. Florida Governor's Task Force on Domestic and Sexual Violence, Florida Mortality Review Project, 1997,
p.44, table 7.