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  • Every 15 seconds a woman is beaten in the U.S. – U.S. Dept of Justice

  • 1 in every 4 women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. 

  • Approximately 1 in 5 female high school students report being physically and/or sexually abused by a dating partner.

  • 50% of all homeless women and children in this country are fleeing domestic violence.

  • The consequences of domestic violence can cross generations and last a lifetime.


Domestic violence can happen to anyone of any race, age, sexual orientation, religion, or gender. It can happen to couples who are married, living together, or who are dating. Domestic violence affects people of all socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels. For more information:


GFWC’s Signature Project is Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention. The aim of the GFWC’s Signature Project is to increase member understanding about and involvement in programs to decrease violence in communities and across the nation. The goal is to make a positive change in families and communities, concentrating on the areas of partner abuse, child/teen abuse, and elder abuse by leaving a legacy of change in our communities.


Statistics from the U.S. Deptartment of Justice and

Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention Committee

Domestic violence can be defined as a pattern of behavior in any relationship that is used to gain or maintain power and control over an intimate partner. Abuse can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person. This includes any behaviors that frighten, intimidate, terrorize, manipulate, hurt, humiliate, blame, injure, or wound someone. 

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