Facts on Partner Abuse

  • The Network/La Red
    Partner abuse is a recurring and chronic pattern of behaviors where one person tries to control the thoughts, beliefs, and/or actions of their partner, someone they are dating or someone they had an intimate relationship with. Partner abuse is also called domestic violence, battering, intimate partner abuse, and/or dating violence.
  • National Organization for Women
    • In 2005, 1,181 women were murdered by an intimate partner. Of all the murdered women in the U.S., about one-third were killed by an intimate partner.”
    • Women ages 20-24 are at greatest risk of non-fatal domestic violence, and women age 24 and under suffer from highest rates of rape.
  • Cambridge Public Health Domestic Violence in the Workplace Booklet
    • “Domestic violence is a pattern of behavior one person uses to gain power and control over his or her partner in an intimate relationship. Behaviors can include intimidation, threats, psychological confusion, emotional pain, verbal abuse, physical attacks, sexual assault, and homicide”
    • “21% of full time employed adults report they were victims of domestic violence and 64% of them say their work performance has been significantly impacted”
  • Cambridge Public Health Childcare and Domestic Violence Handbook:
    • Domestic violence is the number one cause for homelessness in many cities.
    • 8.8. million children a year witness Domestic Violence.
  • Family Violence Prevention Fund:
    • One in five Boston public high school girls report physical or sexual abuse by dating partner.
    • As many as two-thirds of adolescents who become pregnant were sexually or physically abused some time in their lives.
  • Jane Doe, Inc.
    • 2,564 sexual assaults were reported to rape crisis centers in Massachusetts in 2010.
      Nearly 1 in 3 women in MA have experienced rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner in their lives. More than 1 in 7 women have experienced rape.
    • In 2007, intimate partners committed 14% of all homicides in the U.S.
  • Cambridge Police Department, 2010 Annual Report.

Local Resources

  • Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, Cambridge. (24-hour services to rape survivors and families, services are free and include medical and legal advocacy. Services in English/Spanish/French/Haitian Creole): 617-492-RAPE; 1-800-223-5001 (Spanish)
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline: (140 languages available, can assist survivors in locating a shelter) 1-800-799-SAFE.
  • Transition House, Cambridge. (24 Hour Crisis Line, Emergency Shelter for up to 12 weeks, Legal assistance, child support): 617-661-7203
  • SAFELINK (24 hour live response hotline for emergency shelter counseling, safety planning, and resources): 877-785-2020
  • The Network/La Red, Boston. (Hotline for Lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans survivors): 617-742-4911
  • Cambridge Police Department, Domestic Violence Unit: 617-349-3371
  • Cambridge Public Health Department, Violence Prevention: 617-665-3816
  • District Courthouse for Cambridge, Victims and Witness Assistance: 617-679-6631
  • Casa Myrna Vasquez, Boston. (Shelter for up to 12 weeks, assistance with transitional housing, legal assistance, counseling and support for children. Specialize in providing service for non-English speakers.) 1-800-992-2600
  • RESPOND, Somerville. (Limited shelter, assistance with transitional housing, counseling, advocacy. Services in English, French, Spanish, Haitian Creole, Portuguese) 617-623-5900
  • Victims of Violence Program, Cambridge Health Alliance. A specialized program for individuals who have suffered an acute or chronic trauma. Services include evaluation and individual and group treatment, advocacy, outreach, consultation) 617-591-6360
  • Gay Men’s Domestic Violence Project, Cambridge. Support services, including a shelter, for male survivors of same-gender domestic violence. Has a free 24 hour crisis line (1-800-832-1901)
  • Fenway Community Health Center, Boston. Counseling, supports groups and referral services for LGBTQ survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.
  • Bridge Over Troubled Waters, Boston. Services for homeless youth including counseling and a transitional living home. 617-423-9575