Confronting Violence: Improving Women’s Lives

The exhibition, from the National Library of Medicine, tells the story of nurses who changed the medical profession and dramatically improved services to victims of domestic violence in the late 20th century.


Logo for National Network to End Domestic Violence

The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV), a social change organization, is dedicated to creating a social, political and economic environment in which violence against women no longer exists.

It was formed in 1990 when a small group of domestic violence victim advocates came together to promote federal legislation related to domestic violence.  The group was known as the Domestic Violence Coalition on Public Policy.

Cover of the 2015 Domestic Violence Counts Report

Domestic Violence Counts: Census 2015 Report 

    For the tenth consecutive year, on September 16, 2015, NNEDV conducted a one-day unduplicated count of adults and children seeking domestic violence service in the United States. This annual census documents the number of individuals who sought services in a single 24-hour period, as well as the types of services requested, the number of service requests that went unmet due to a lack of resources, and the issues and barriers that domestic violence programs face as they strive to provide services to victims of domestic violence. This report is instrumental in raising awareness about domestic violence and the incredible work that local domestic violence programs do every day. 

Local and National Facts

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Listed below are some common statistics that illustrate just how much our society, on both a local and national level, is affected by domestic violence and sexual assault.

  • One in three Michigan families are impacted by domestic violence.1
  • In the U.S., one in five women and 1 in 33 men have experienced an attempted or completed rape.2
  • Approximately one in five female high school students reports being physically or sexually abused by a dating partner.3
  • 70% of teenage and college women who are sexually assaulted are raped during the course of a date.4
  • One out of three women are affected by domestic violence.5
  • More than 1 million people report a violent assault by a partner every year in the U.S.6
  • National health-care costs for domestic violence are approximately $4.1 billion.7
  • Among women admitted to the emergency room, 37% were abused by an intimate partner.8
  • One out of four women will be abused by a current/former partner at one point in their lives.9
  • Domestic violence crimes account for almost 40% of calls to police.10
  • Over 100 domestic violence-related homicides occur in Michigan each year.11
  • Approximately 98% of batterers in the U.S. are male.12
  • Domestic violence can be attributed to 50% of the homeless cases among women and children.13
  • Women are victims in 85%–95% of all reported domestic violence.14


  • 1Michigan Family Independence Agency, Domestic Violence Treatment and Prevention Board, 1996 (statewide survey of women ages 18–69).
  • 2U.S. Department of Justice, Prevalence, Incidence, and Consequences of Violence Against Women: Findings from the National Violence Against Women Survey (1998).
  • 3Dating violence against adolescent girls and associated substance use, unhealthy weight control, sexual risk behavior, pregnancy, and suicidality,” Journal of American Medicine, Vol. 286, No. 5, August 1, 2001.
  • 4Children Now, Kaiser Permanente Poll, December 1995.
  • 5Collins, K., Schoen, C., Joseph, S., Duchon, L. Simantov, E. & Yellowitz, M. (1999). Health Concerns Across A Woman’s Lifespan: The Commonwealth Fund. 1998 Survey of Women’s Health.
  • 6U. S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics (2000). Intimate Partner Violence. NCJ 178247.
  • 7U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (March, 2003). Costs of Intimate Partner Violence Against Women in the United States. Atlanta, GA: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • 8Rand, M., U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, “Violence-Related Injuries Treated in Hospital Emergency Room Departments” (1997). Biroscak, B.J., Smith, P.K., “Intimate Partner Violence Against Women in Michigan: Findings from Emergency Department Surveillance, 1999–2000.” Lansing, MI: Michigan Department of Community Health: August 2003.
  • 9Tjaden, P. & Thoennes, N., National Institute of Justice and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Extent, Nature, and Consequences of Intimate Partner Violence” (2000).
  • 10Michael Cassidy, Caroline G. Nicholl, & Carmen R. Ross (2001). Results of a survey conducted by the Metropolitan Police Department of victims who reported violence against women. Available from the DC Metropolitan Police Department (202) 727-5029.
  • 11Michigan Uniform Crime Report:,1607,7-123-1645_3501_4621---,00.html
  • 12Callie Marie Rennison (2001). Intimate Partner Violence and Age of Victim, 1993–1999. Bureau of Justice Statistics Special Report. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Justice. NCJ #187635.
  • 13Workplace Violence Institute.
  • 14U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics (February 2003). Intimate Partner Violence, 1993–2001. NCJ 197838, p. 1.



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