DAIS can help reporters and other members of the media better understand the often-complicated issues behind domestic violence-related headlines. To speak with a DAIS representative and/or gather helpful information, please contact Kaitlyn Gaynor, Communications Manager at 608-338-1045, or .
Resources for Reporters
- Background on DAIS and Domestic Violence
- 1 in 4 women will be a victim of domestic violence at some point in her lifetime (National Institute of Justice, 2000).
- On average, three women in the United States are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends every day. (U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics)
- Women make up 84.3% of victims of abuse between spouses, and 86% of victims of violence between boyfriends and girlfriends. (U.S. Department of Justice of Justice)
- 3 million American children are exposed to domestic violence in their homes each year. (American Psychology Association)
- 53% of men who abuse their female partners also abuse their children (L. Walker, The Battered Woman Syndrome, 1984)
- Children exposed to domestic violence suffer low self esteem, depression, sleep difficulties, PTSD, poor impulse control, and are at a higher risk for problems in school, drug and alcohol abuse, sexual acting out, running away, fear and suicide. (Jaffe, Wolfe & Wilson, Children of Battered Women, 1990)
- Only 1/4 of all physical assaults perpetrated against women by an intimate partner are reported to law enforcement (National Institute of Justice, 2000)
- Domestic violence victims are six times more likely to be killed when separating from their abusers than at any other time. (U.S. Department of Justice, 2000)
- Each year, approximately 1/3 of all arrests in Dane County are domestic violence-related. (Dane County District Attorney’s Office)