Statistics & Intersectionality


Domestic violence is an intersectional issue.

While anyone could be a victim or survivor of domestic violence, not everyone has the same resources to leave the abusive relationship. Many communities face additional barriers of discrimination that make it even more difficult to ask for help, find help, and/or leave the relationship.
Statistics & Intersectionality
Many people have multiple intersections of oppression, such as a person facing intimate partner abuse who is a part of the LGBTQ+ community, an immigrant, a person of color, and/or has a disability.
We encourage you to read below to learn more about how people in various communities are uniquely affected by intimate partner abuse. 

Learn about who is affected

  • Facts & Stats
    • 1 in 4 women and 1 in 9 men in the U.S. report experiencing physical abuse from a spouse or intimate partner.

    • South Carolina has historically been in the top 10 deadliest states in the nation for men killing women since 1996 when the Violence Policy Center has kept the statistics. We have even been #1 several times as recently as 2015. The latest Violence Policy Center report, released in late September 2020, showed that for the first time since they have been keeping track, S.C. ranks 11th in the U.S. for women killed by men.

    • Greenville County often has the highest # of reported DV incidents in SC annually.

    • The rate of African American women murdered by men is more than three times that of white women.

    • 1 in 3 teens report knowing a friend or peer who has been physically abused by a partner.

    • Women of color and immigrant women often face additional barriers, such as discrimination or fear of deportation, making it more difficult to seek help.

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  • Men

    While women are typically the ones being abused and men are typically the abusers, there are men who face abuse from their intimate partner. In fact, 1 in 4 men have been physically abused and 1 in 7 men have been severely physically abused by an intimate partner at some point in their lifetime. Men who are abused often feel they cannot seek help due to the stigma associated with being a male victim.

    Not only are men sometimes survivors of domestic violence but men can and should play an important role in ending domestic violence. Reach out to Safe Harbor to learn more about how men can help us in the work of ending domestic violence. 

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  • People of Color

    While anyone can experience abuse from an intimate partner, factors such as racism, discrimination, immigration status, and poverty can make it more difficult for people of color to find or even ask for help. Some of those factors include: 

    • Cultural or religious beliefs that restrain the victim from leaving the abusive relationship or involving outsiders
    • Strong loyalty binds to race, culture and family
    • Distrust of law enforcement, the criminal justice system and social services
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  • LGBTQ+ Community

    People in the LGBTQ+ community exprience domestic violence at the same or even higher rates than their straight and cisgender counterparts. Though individuals who harm may use some of the same tactics used in heterosexual relationships, they may also take advantage of homophobia and transphobia to abuse their partners. Some examples of this include: 

    • Threatening to out their partner against their will
    • Using hurtful slurs associated with being gay, bi or gender expansive
    • Physical abusing body parts associated with gender, such as hair, breasts and genitals
    • Damaging property associated with gender, such as binders, wigs, makeup or clothes
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  • People with Disabilities

    While anyone can be a victim of intimate partner abuse, people with disabilities are more likely to experience abuse than people without disabililties. Abusers take advantage of the barriers people with disabilities face and use them against them. Some examples of this include: 

    • Taking their partner's Social Security disability benefits
    • Using hurtful words relating to the disability to shame their partner
    • Invalidating their partner's disability by saying things like "it's all in your head" or "you're faking it"
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  • Immigrants

    Abusers may use their partner's immigration status as a way to exert power and control over them. Some examples of this include: 

    • Isolation: Abusers may prevent their partner from learning English, or communicating with friends from their home countries. 48% of Latina women who had experienced abuse said the abuse increased when they came to the United States.
    • Threats: Abusers may threaten to call ICE on their partner, or withdraw petitions for legal status.
    • Intimidation: Abusers may destroy important legal documents such as passports, lawful permanent resident (green) cards, or driver's licenses
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