Of all married couples, 30% have at least one violent episode during their marriage.
Each year some 1.8 million wives are severely attacked by their husbands, and almost the
same number of husbands are assaulted by their wives. In 1975 it was estimated that nearly
2 million individuals faced a mate wielding a gun or knife. Nearly 2 million children a
year (almost 4% of all children between the ages of 3 and 17) are victims of parental
abuse and neglect. More than 2,000 die as a result. According to national averages, every
household in America is the scene of family violence at least once a year.
and Richard Gelles, Behind Closed Doors, Violence in the American Family, Family
Research Program, University of New Hampshire, 1980.
A recent survey on marital violence reorts that approximately one in every seven
American couples has used some form of physical abuse during an argument within the past
National Institute of Mental Health, Homemade, June, 1990.