Domestic Violence Training and Awareness

This site contains training materials in domestic violence for health care professionals.  After the training, one should be able to recognize domestic violence and understand the statistics, laws, and resources associated with domestic violence.


  • Domestic Violence is a pattern of assaultive and coercive behaviors, including physical, sexual, and psychological attacks, as well as economic coercion, that adults or adolescents use against their intimate partner
  • Victims of Domestic Violence can be found in every age, racial, cultural, socioeconomic, religious, and sexual orientation group.
  • In the context of this training, we will focus on male-to-female abuse. The U.S. Departments of Justice estimates that 85% of assaults are committed by men against women. Although the majority of domestic violence victims are women, do not forget that men account for 15% of the victims.

Statistics of Domestic Violence in America

  • 1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence during her lifetime.
  • A national survey of 6,000 American families revealed that 50% of the men who frequently assaulted their wives also frequently abused their children.
  • Studies show that 90% of the children in violent homes are aware of the violence and 70% of the children in battered women’s shelters have been physically abused.
  • One third of female homicide victims are murdered by their intimate male partners.
  • Pregnant and recently pregnant women are more likely to be victims of homicide than to die of any other cause.