Domestic Violence 101

Domestic violence is defined by the U.S. Department of Justice as a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another intimate partner, whether in a physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological way. This can include any behavior that is used to intimidate, threaten, hurt, isolate, frighten or coerce someone.

Staggering Statistics

1 out of 4 women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime.

1 out of 3 women killed in this country are killed by their partners.

25% of female suicides is due to family violence.

  • Half of batterers who frequently abuse their wives also frequently abuse their children.
  • Of the children who witness domestic violence, 60% of the boys eventually become batterers and 50% of the girls become victims.
  • Domestic violence programs in the United States serve more than 50,000 adults and children every day.
  • 56,000 soldiers died in the Vietnam War. In that same time period 54,000 women died from domestic violence. There were no headlines for the women who died in anonymity.
  • 30% of Americans say they know a woman who has been physically abused by her husband or boyfriend in the past year.
  • Over 90% of batterers are male but there are female batterers.
  • In California, 620,000 women each year suffer physical abuse from an intimate partner
  • House of Ruth began in 1981 with a 24-hour hotline then their first shelter soon followed.
  • Today House of Ruth has an 18,000 square foot shelter that can house up to 20 families including both emergency 45-day shelter and transitional shelter up to 18 months.
  • Unfortunately, there is always more demand than available resources.

Key Historic Dates for Domestic Violence

Get To Know Us

Purple Hearts is an all-volunteer initiative and a community service program of Purpose Church. Our team is committed to providing love and assistance to victims of domestic violence housed in shelters in southern California.

Provide Support

Your generosity will make a difference in the lives of women and children victimized by domestic violence and help give them a safe and fresh new start. 100% of our donations go directly to support these families.

If You Need Help

If you are in danger, call 911, the local Southern California hotline 877-988-5559, or the U.S. National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 and TTY 1-800-787-3224.