One in 3 women worldwide will be beaten, raped, coerced into sex or otherwise abused in her lifetime.

As many as 10 million children worldwide experience domestic violence.

One in 4 girls will be sexually assaulted before the age of 18.

37% of all women who sought care in emergency rooms were injured by a current or former husband or boyfriend.

Evidence shows that most female homicide deaths are the result of an assault by their intimate partners.

Every week 1 woman dies in Michigan as a result of domestic violence.

Every day 4 women die in the U.S. as a result of domestic violence.

More that 700 women are raped and sexually assaulted every day.

These statistics are staggering and many of these women are not taken seriously. Always believe what the victim says. Keep an open mind and never blame the victim or underestimate the victimís fear of potential danger.

The general public opinion is that they can leave. That is usually not the case. They are first isolated from their friends and then from their families. Their life and the lives of their families are threatened. The most dangerous time for these women is when they do leave. That is when the threats become a reality and they are more likely to be killed by their abusers.

We also must remember the women who are serving time in prison for killing their abusers. Many of them would be dead themselves had they not protected themselves and their children. There are also those who are serving time for crimes their abusers committed. Most were forced under threat of their own life. As you can see, this problem is far reaching, more than most people are aware of.