Facts and Statistics

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The cost of intimate partner violence exceeds $8.3 billion per year

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Victims of intimate partner violence lose a total of 8 million days of paid work each year.

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Between 21-60% of victims of intimate partner violence lose their jobs due to reasons stemming from the abuse.

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Sexual Assault and the Workplace

Over one million women in the U.S. were estimated to have had a rape experience within the past year. The United States Department of Justice estimates that 8% of rapes occur while the victim is working. Thirty six percent of rape/sexual assault victims lost more than 10 days of work after their victimization. According to the National Institute of Justice, rape costs our country more than any other crime, followed by assault ($93 billion); murder ($71 billion); and drunk driving, including fatalities ($61 billion).

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Stalking and the workplace

A 2010 study showed that 6.6 million people were victims of stalking in a one-year period. Women are nearly 3 times more likely than men to experience stalking victimization and Individuals under age 25 experience the highest rates of stalking. In one study, over 51% of stalking victims indicated that it had occurred at least once on work premises. About 130,000 victims of stalking (about 5% of employed victims) in a 12- month period, from 2005 to 2006, reported that they were fired or asked to leave their jobs because of stalking. About one in eight employed stalking victims lost time from work because of fear for their safety or because they needed to get a restraining order or testify in court. More than half these victims lost five days or more of work.