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SEMAH is an online conduit for resources to  help build bridges to safer communities especially those that are not well served. We have a special focus on the Muslim and inter-faith communities.


  • Every 9 seconds in the US a woman is assaulted or beaten.

  • 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.


[Source: Domestic Violence Statistics Organization]