On this website, the words "woman" and "she" are sometimes used to refer to survivors and "he" to refer to abusers.According to the Center for Disease Control, 85% of survivors are women assaulted by male partners.
In extreme cases, abusive behavior ends in the death of one or both partners, and, sometimes, other people as well. Frequently, however, abuse continues or worsens once a relationship is over.
It is a primary cause of injury to women in the United States.
According to the National Institute of Justice, over one third (37%) of women admitted to an emergency room for violence-related injuries were abused by an intimate partner.
The abuse is usually committed by a peer and can be as dangerous as abuse between adults.
Children: In homes where one partner abuses the other partner, there is an increased risk that the batterer may also abuse the child.