When you finish reading about 15 cities with the highest domestic violence rates in the US, you’ll just have to wonder: how is this possible?

The USA is, without a doubt, one of the most powerful countries in the world. It’s got a high standard of living and its citizens pride themselves on their rights and the American lifestyle. How is it then that the US has such shocking statistics? As you will find out, every 20 seconds a person is attacked. Not to mention the percentage of women who have the chance of becoming dead due to domestic violence.

Domestic violence is one of the worst and most disturbing experiences a person can have, particularly due to the “domestic” attribute. A family is supposed to make you feel safe and protected, not the other way around. Secondly, while one would never put up with such behavior and abuse if it came from a friend, it is a completely different story when it comes to a family member. A parent or a partner is someone you have a strong emotional bond with, and it is hard to break, no matter how simple and straightforward it may seem. To a neutral observer, everything seems obvious, and the warning signs are more than transparent. But a victim’s vision is usually blurred by strong emotions coming from mutual past.

There will be interesting stories for each of the states, if it can be said that way. Also, the research isn’t based on the old method of how many women were killed by their partners (the information that has been present for a long time as the criteria). Insider Monkey has thought of a new, more reliable way.

So, if you really wish to know the harsh truth, go to Insider Monkey’s 15 cities with the highest domestic violence rates in the US.