Laurel House

Domestic Violence Shelter and Services
for Abused Women and Their Children


In the United States, a woman is physically abused every nine seconds.

In Pennsylvania, approximately 11,000 women and children sought emergency shelter in domestic violence shelters in 1996.

One in four American women report that they have been physically abused by a husband or boyfriend at some point in their lives.

Annually, approximately four million American women are physically abused by their husbands or boyfriends.

Women who leave are at a 75% greater risk of being killed by the batterer than those who stay.

65% of children who witness violence in the home enter into abusive teen and adult relationships.

10% of high school students have experienced physical violence in a dating relationship. Among college students, that figure rises to 22%.

More than 37% of Pennsylvania women who visit emergency rooms do so for injuries inflicted intentionally by a current or former intimate partner.

92% of women who are physically abused by their partners do not discuss these incidents with their physicians; 57% do not discuss the incidents with anyone.

According to a 1992 estimate by the Pennsylvania Blue Shield Institute, the total cost of family violence in Pennsylvania is approximately $326.6 million - more than the combined medical cost of elder abuse, child abuse and street violence.

25% of workplace problems such as absenteeism, low productivity, and excessive use of medical benefits are due to family violence.

American employees miss 175,000 days per year of paid work due to domestic violence.

Abusive partners harass 74% of battered women at work. Eventually, more than 20% lose their jobs.

Even after divorce, according to a Philadelphia area study, 70% of battered women were again abused by their spouses (Kurtz, 1996).

42% of murdered women are killed by their initmate male partners.

Family violence kills as many women every five years as the total number of Americans who died in the entire Vietnam War (National Victim Center, 1993).

Children in homes where domestic violence occurs are physically abused or seriously neglected at a rate 1500% higher than the national average of cases reported in the general population (National Victim Center, 1993).

Mothers are 8 times more likely to hurt their children when they are in a battering relationship than when they are in a non-battering relationship (Dr. Lenore Walker, 1984).

Some statistics from Attorney General Mike Fisher's Family Violence Task Force reports, 1999.

HOTLINE: 1-800-642-3150
PO Box 764
Norristown, PA 19404
Phone 800-642-3150
Fax 610-275-4018
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