Violence affects Everyone
Violence happens in our neighborhoods, workplaces and homes, and to our children.

1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have experienced domestic violence by an intimate partner.

34 Americans are murdered with firearms every day.

23,635 Ohio children are victims of child abuse or neglect annually.

2017 violent crime rates



Violence in our neighborhood
Violence, including gun violence, takes an extreme emotional, physical and financial toll on our community.


Americans are murdered with guns every day.


of these are children and teens under the age of 20.


Americans suffer gun injuries every day.


1,524 people were killed with a firearm in Ohio in 2016

In Ohio, someone is killed with a gun every 8 hours

119 children under the age of 19 were killed with a firearm in Ohio in 2016

The estimated annual cost of gun violence in Ohio is $7.3 billion

Trouble at home

While your friend or neighbor’s relationships and families may seem perfect, many households suffer from violence behind closed doors. Whether it’s interpersonal violence between adults or child abuse, the consequences have lasting implications.

In fact, domestic violence is so prevalent that on a typical day, domestic violence hotlines nationally receive approximately 21,000 calls – approximately 15 calls every minute.


Domestic violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior perpetrated by one intimate partner against another to assert power and control. It includes physical violence, sexual violence, threats and emotional abuse.

1 in 3 Women
have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner.
1 in 4 men
have experienced some sort of physical violence by an intimate partner.
9 in 1000 children
are victims of child abuse or neglect each year.
Up to 60%
of perpetrators of intimate partner violence also abuse children in the household.
Sexual violence
Rape and sexual abuse affect millions of adults and children, often in their own homes by people they are close to.

1 in 5 women

will be raped at some point as an adult.

1 in 71 men

will be raped at some point as an adult.


of sexual assaults are not reported to police.

8 of 10

rape victims knew the perpetrator.

Why don’t people report rape?

Rape is the most underreported crime, with an estimated 2/3 of rapes never reported to police. Reasons for not reporting include shame, embarassment or self-blame; fear of being judged; fear of retaliation from the accused rapist or friends and family of the accused; doubt that there will be consequences for the perpetrator; or not wanting to go through the stress and trauma of a trial, among others.

Children and sexual abuse

Unfortunately, children are at high risk of sexual abuse.

1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually abused before they turn 18

Only 12% of child sexual abuse is reported to the police

34% of people who sexually abuse a child are family members

35% of women who reported being raped before age 18 also experience rape as an adult

WE Can combat violence

The heartening news is that over the past 25 years, crime rates in the United States have reduced.

The rate of sexual assault and rape has dropped 63%, and although gun violence in Cleveland was higher last year than the previous year, overall it has been declining.

These improvements have been made due to the proactive work of donors, agencies and survivors striving to make a better world. Bottom line: Even one violent crime is too many, and we can’t combat violence without everyone’s help.


1993: 747.1 violent crimes per 100,000 people


2016: 394 violent crimes per 100,000 people

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