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Statistics on domestic violence

  • According to the U.S. Department of Justice, domestic violence will affect one in four women at some point in their lifetime.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that the annual cost of domestic violence in the US, excluding any court-related expenses, exceeds $8 billion annually for direct medical and mental health care and indirect costs due to lost productivity. Every year, victims lose almost 8 million days of paid work, the equivalent of 32,000 full time jobs.

Statistics on teen dating violence

  • According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 4 adolescents report verbal, physical, emotional, or sexual abuse from a dating partner each year.
  • A Liz Claiborne Inc.-sponsored survey conducted by the Teenage Research Unlimited (TRU) in 2006 reported that 1 in 3 girls who have been in a serious relationship say they’ve been concerned about being physically hurt by their partner.

Survivor Story Archives


Josephine, 59, is originally from Nigeria. She holds a degree in counseling and is the mother of one grown daughter and three triplet grandchildren, age four. She is active in her church community and volunteers at local programs that assist homeless… View Article

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Have you ever had to start over? Have you lost a job, a relationship, or a home—or had to flee from one? Did you ever worry that you didn’t have the strength to rebuild and keep moving forward? Perhaps you… View Article

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My name is Rima and I came to Boston almost ten years ago with my husband. We began as international pen pals writing letters, but over time our friendship became a big love story. He came to Syria, my homeland,… View Article

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Michelle and her daughter Lucy stayed at Casa Myrna’s Teen Parenting Program for two years after escaping an abusive relationship that began when Michelle was just 14 years old. Michelle was excited to show our community what their support for survivors can do. She wants all survivors, especially teens, to know that they are never alone.

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