Did you know?

  • Of those people seeking emergency food relief, more than one-third (36%) had to choose between buying food or paying for housing.
  • The number of assaults against the homeless is rising. In 2005, 73 homeless people were assaulted nationwide and 13 died.
  • The U.S. Administration on Aging estimates that 1 out of 4 seniors in the U.S. has an inadequate diet.
  • One of every six children in America lives in poverty.
  • Veterans account for nearly one-third of all homeless men in America, even though the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs says they comprise only 13 percent of adult males in the general population.
  • One in five children (10 to 17 years old) receive unwanted sexual solicitations online.
  • Alcohol abuse kills some 75,000 Americans each year and shortens the lives of these people by an average of 30 years.
  • 64% of children ages 4-11 have cotinine in their blood (a marker of recent exposure to secondhand smoke).
  • There are about 542,000 foster care children in the United States; 126,000 of them are waiting to be adopted.
    • There are an estimated 1.25 million injuries due to fires in the United States every year.
    • 80% of the civil legal needs of the poor are not being met.
    • Heat and heat-related complications caused more deaths in the United States than floods, lightning and hurricanes combined in 2001, according to the National Weather Service.
    • About 27% of food in developed countries is wasted each year. It’s simply thrown away.
    • Close to 4,000 people were executed worldwide in 2004, more than at nearly any other time in the last 25 years.
    • 132 police officers were killed in the line of duty in 2003 in America. Guns and traffic accidents claimed the most lives.
    • About one in six soldiers returning from the war in Iraq show signs of post-traumatic stress disorder or other emotional difficulties.
    • There are more than 550 federally recognized Indian tribes in the United States, including 223 village groups in Alaska.
    • Approximately 33% of homeless men are veterans, although veterans comprise only 23% of the general adult male population.
    • 7,462 hate crime incidents were reported in 2002. Of these incidents, nearly half were racially motivated.

  • There are 1,500 shelters for battered women in the United States. There are 3,800 animal shelters. (Schneider, 1990).
  • Around the world, at least one in every three women has been beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused during her lifetime. Most often, the abuser is a member of her own family.
  • Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women—more than car accidents, muggings, and rapes combined.
  • Studies suggest that up to 10 million children witness some form of domestic violence annually.
  • Nearly 1 in 5 teenage girls who have been in a relationship said a boyfriend threatened violence or self-harm if presented with a breakup.
  • Everyday in the US, more than three women are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends.
  • Ninety-two percent of women surveyed listed reducing domestic violence and sexual assault as their top concern.
  • Domestic violence victims lose nearly 8 million days of paid work per year in the US alone—the equivalent of 32,000 full-time jobs.
  • Based on reports from 10 countries, between 55 percent and 95 percent of women who had been physically abused by their partners had never contacted non-governmental organizations, shelters, or the police for help.
  • The costs of intimate partner violence in the US alone exceed $5.8 billion per year: $4.1 billion are for direct medical and health care services, while productivity losses account for nearly $1.8 billion.
  • Men who as children witnessed their parents’ domestic violence were twice as likely to abuse their own wives than sons of nonviolent parents.

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