24-hour Hotline

This 24-hour domestic violence hotline is an anonymous service which provides crisis intervention, information and referrals 24-hours a day. Collect calls accepted.

To talk with a counselor in confidence call: (518) 272-2370

Unity House of Troy – Families in Crisis Program. Provides counseling, legal support and emergency shelter. (518) 272-5917

Link to the New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence

National Domestic Violence Hotline
1-800-799-7233
1-800-787-3224

National Statistics

  • Nearly one-third of American women (31 percent) report being physically or sexually abused by a husband or boyfriend at some point in their lives. – Commonwealth Fund survey, 1998
  • It is estimated that 503,485 women are stalked by an intimate partner each year in the United States. –National Institute of Justice, July 2000
  • Estimates range from 960,000 incidents of violence against a current or former spouse, boyfriend, or girlfriend each year to 4 million women who are physically abused by their husbands or live-in partners each year. – Violence by Intimates: Analysis of Data on Crimes by Current or Former Spouses, Boyfriends, and Girlfriends, U.S. Department of Justice, March, 1998
  • Studies show that child abuse occurs in 30-60% of family violence cases that involve families with children. – “The overlap between child maltreatment and woman battering.” J.L. Edleson, Violence Against Women, February, 1999
  • While women are less likely than men to be victims of violent crimes overall, women are 5 to 8 times more likely than men to be victimized by an intimate partner. – Violence by Intimates: Analysis of Data on Crimes by Current or Former Spouses, Boyfriends, and Girlfriends, U.S. Department of Justice, March, 1998
  • Violence by an intimate partner accounts for about 21% of violent crime experienced by women and about 2 % of the violence experienced by men. – Violence by Intimates: Analysis of Data on Crimes by Current or Former Spouses, Boyfriends, and Girlfriends, U.S. Department of Justice, March, 1998
  • In 92% of all domestic violence incidents, crimes are committed by men against women. – Violence Against Women, Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Department of Justice, January, 1994
  • Of women who reported being raped and/or physically assaulted since the age of 18, three quarters (76 percent) were victimized by a current or former husband, cohabitating partner, date or boyfriend. –Prevalence Incidence, and Consequences of Violence Against Women: Findings from the National Violence Against Women Survey, U.S. Department of Justice, November, 1998
  • In 1994, women separated from their spouses had a victimization rate 1 1/2 times higher than separated men, divorced men, or divorced women. – Sex Differences in Violent Victimization, 1994, U.S. Department of Justice, September, 1997
  • In 1996, among all female murder victims in the U.S., 30% were slain by their husbands or boyfriends. –Uniform Crime Reports of the U.S. 1996, Federal Bureau of Investigation, 1996
  • A child’s exposure to the father abusing the mother is the strongest risk factor for transmitting violent behavior from one generation to the next. – Report of the American Psychological Association Presidential Task Force on Violence and the Family, APA, 1996
  • Forty percent of teenage girls age 14 to 17 report knowing someone their age who has been hit or beaten by a boyfriend. – Children Now/Kaiser Permanente poll, December, 1995
  • Females accounted for 39% of the hospital emergency department visits for violence-related injuries in 1994 but 84% of the persons treated for injuries inflicted by intimates. – Violence by Intimates: Analysis of Data on Crimes by Current or Former Spouses, Boyfriends, and Girlfriends, U.S. Department of Justice, March, 1998
  • Family violence costs the nation from $5 to $10 billion annually in medical expenses, police and court costs, shelters and foster care, sick leave, absenteeism, and non-productivity. – Medical News, American Medical Association, January, 1992
  • Husbands and boyfriends commit 13,000 acts of violence against women in the workplace every year. –Violence and Theft in the Workplace, U.S. Department of Justice, July, 1994
  • The majority of welfare recipients have experienced domestic abuse in their adult lives and a high percentage are currently abused. – Trapped by Poverty, Trapped by Abuse: New Evidence Documenting the Relationship Between Domestic Violence and Welfare, The Taylor Institute, April, 1997
  • One in five female high school students reports being physically or sexually abused by a dating partner. –Massachusetts Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), August 2001