10 Professions with Highest Rate of Domestic Violence

For all of you wondering in which group evidence suggests that the rates of domestic violence are most prevalent, we have prepared a list of 10 professions with highest rate of domestic violence.

Let us first inform you we aren’t going to bore you with the typical domestic violence facts. There have been a lot of studies and research on the topic, but there is hardly any reliable research about which occupations are the riskiest when it comes to abuse within one’s home. Surely, there are plenty of articles that deal with the topic of how conditions at home affect your working performance. However, the number of those tackling the connection between domestic violence and professions is minimal. The data is usually too vague, and everybody is avoiding to publicly pinpoint what kind of jobs are victims or abusers most likely to have. Luckily for you, we have decided to deal with this extremely challenging topic.

10 Professions with Highest Rate of Domestic Violence


Consequently, our list of sources is rather long, and our choices are given in random order. Firstly, our search was tough because we tried to find specific jobs, despite the fact that normally only general job descriptions are given. Hardly anyone dared to name the professions most associated with family violence unless it was the most notorious one (and you already have your guess, don’t you?). Secondly, the list is random because we decided to comprise a list of jobs belonging to abusers and victims. Admittedly, we did research on female victims only since the number of reported cases in which a man is suffering domestic violence is lower.

While doing research on female victims’ jobs, there were instances when the data would come down to eventually opposite information: women with lower income jobs are more prone to experience violence, but then again it is said even well-off women experience abuse, but are more reluctant to report it. Truth be told, it’s a vicious circle. Since our research is based on facts, and not on assumptions about whether well-off women shy away from reporting abuse, we focused on the information stating that women with low incomes and living in poor conditions make a majority when it comes to victims of domestic abuse. Hence jobs with very low salaries made our list. Interestingly enough, there is one profession that sounds like a dead-end: both abusers and their victims are employed in the same position.

Another obstacle that had to be surpassed were statistics on the exact percentage of abusers in certain professions. Our first source was research done by Workplace Violence 911 on the topic of correlation between occupation and domestic violence, whose results showed there are certain occupations which are more prone to violent outbursts. According to this report, those were men in female-dominated occupations, men in physically violent occupations and men in the so-called dangerous occupations. There were several examples given for each category (police officers, clerical workers, emergency workers, etc., but we weren’t fully satisfied. For that reason, we went into a deep search and tried to find instances, articles or research about these professions, especially about police officers committing domestic violence and athletes and violence off the field. Some of our sources were Broward Criminal Lawyer, Huffington PostUSA Today, Safe Lives, Chicago TribuneCit SeeGood Men Project, Research Gate, etc.

If you are interested in similar topics when it comes to jobs and family life, take a look at unfortunate 11 Professions with the Highest Divorce Rates.

Finally, let’s take a look which jobs should be avoided, or as we have put it: 10 professions with highest rate of domestic violence.