Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Abuse in the Home Incidence

Facts about domestic abuse:

  • In the US, a woman is physically beaten every 15 seconds.
  • About one in five women seen in emergency rooms are victims of domestic violence.
  • Almost half of all injured women seen in emergency rooms have been battered by someone in their household.
  • Most women will not admit to being a victim of abuse.
  • About 37 out of 100 pregnant women are victims of domestic violence.
  • Married women account for about 60% of victims of abuse.
  • About 80% of abusers are adult males.
  • Adults who batter their partners often abuse their children and elderly relatives.
  • Up to one third of high school students admit to have been in a physically abusive relationship.

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Last Updated: Dec 9, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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