Violence and abuse affect women from all kinds of backgrounds every day. Sometimes, women are attacked by strangers, but most often they are hurt by people who are close to them. Violence and abuse can cause terrible physical and emotional pain. But you are not alone, and you can get help.
Women's thoughts on violence
"I have a sense of pride that I survived and started over. I had to give up the outward appearances and realize that this can happen to anyone, no matter who you are."
— 60-year-old woman
"I can only hope that by telling my story, someone will realize that they are not alone and support is available."
— Registered nurse
"I'm still seeing a counselor...which allows me to see each day as a positive."
— 35-year-old woman
"I divorced him not because I didn't love him, but because I made a choice to be free of his madness."
Violence Against Women was reviewed by experts at:
Division of Violence Prevention
National Center for Injury Prevention and Control
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Office of Women's Health
Maternal and Child Health Bureau
Health Resources and Services Administration
Family Violence Prevention Fund
Content last updated: May 18, 2011.