A conservative estimate claims 600,000 to 800,000 homeless in the United States. Almost one half of this group is made up of women and children. Many of these families are headed by women. Nationwide there are over 100,000 homeless children on any given night.
Most have inadequate social supports. Many have been abused as children or battered as adults. Many have been raised in psychological and economic poverty, generating low self esteem and motivation. Many lack a high school diploma and have poor or nonexistent work skills.
More than 50% of women will experience violence from intimate partners.
Wife beating results in more injuries requiring medical treatment than rape, auto accidents and muggings combined.
30% of women murdered in the U.S. are murdered by their husbands, ex-husbands or boyfriends.
A child living in an environment where domestic violence occurs is considered an abused child.
These same children become: fearful, anxious, withdrawn, confused, and have trouble sleeping, difficulties in school and making friends.