Every 9 seconds a woman is battered in the United States.
2. Twelve million women (25% of the female population)
will be abused in their lifetime.
3. Each day in this country, three or more male
intimate partners beat their women to death.
4. It is estimated 2 million to 4 million US
women are assaulted by a domestic partner every year.
5. Nearly one in every three adult women experiences
at least one physical assault by a partner during adulthood.
6. Approximately four million American women
experience a serious assault by an intimate partner during a 12-month
7. Around the world, at least one woman in every
three has been beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused in
her lifetime. Most often, the abuser is a member of her own family.
8. Domestic Violence is the number one leading
cause of injury to women in the United States, exceeding the numbers
of rapes, muggings, auto accidents and cancer death combined.
9. Abuse victims need medical care, up to 54%
of women seeking emergency services, up to 66% of women seeking
general medical care and up to 20% of women seeking prenatal care
report experiencing domestic violence.
10. In an abusive situation, many battered women
will try to solve the problem by talking it out with the abuser,
by fighting back or by trying to change their behavior to meet
the demands of the abuser (of course, then the demands change).
When women fail to stop the abuse, they may become passive, which
may reduce the immediate danger or may go into a state of emotional
withdrawal. In the end, abuse may push a woman to see only two
options: suicide or homicide.
Domestic Violence is most prominent among women aged 16 to 24.
2. Adolescent girls were twice as likely as boys
to be stabbed than shot, while boys were twice as likely to be
shot than stabbed.
3. The educational system is required to provide
specialized services to children suffering from behavioral problems
resulting from domestic violence.
4. Adolescent boys were 1.75 times more likely
than girls to be injured in school and 2.27 times more likely
to be injured in a public place than at home.
5. Children growing up in a house with domestic
violence will grow up and require medical care for stress-related
illnesses, mental health care for anxiety, depression, panic and
6. Adolescent girls were nearly twice as likely
as adolescent boys to have preexisting cognitive or psychosocial
impairments, which have been associated with risk of alcohol and
other drug abuse linked to date rape.
7. Adolescent girls (12 to 18 years) preexisting
psychosocial or medical problems appear to be particularly vulnerable
to serious injury and are more likely than adolescent boys to
be attacked in their own home or a friend’s home.
Abused children will likely end up costing the state money in
the legal system, will earn less than their peers because of their
academic difficulties as children and because they may have lost
the optimistic and risk-taking qualities necessary to become successful
and finally, they will likely raise children who will
in turn continue the cycle.
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Intimate acquaintance is defined as a wife, common-law wife, ex-wife
2. Physical violence is estimated to occur in
4 to 6 million intimate relationships each year in the United
3. Up to 35% of women and 22% of men presenting
to the emergency department have experienced domestic violence.
4. There is cost to the productivity of our workhouse
in the form of absenteeism, worker re-training (when a victim
is killed) and decreased productivity.
5. Threats and violence are control strategies
used by the batterer; the woman’s leaving may threaten his
sense of power and increase his need to control the woman and
6. Studies show that the highest risk for serious
injury or death from violence in an intimate relationship is at
the point of separation or at the time when the decision to separate
7. Battered women are from all types of life
styles, high society to welfare recipients. They consist of all
races, colors and creeds that have become victims of domestic
8. Victims of domestic violence are reluctant
to report abuse. Women very reasonably fear retaliation against
themselves and their children by the abuser and fear the economic
upheaval that may follow the report.
9. A recent study by the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC) on homicide among intimate partners
found that female intimate partners are more likely to be murdered
with a firearm than other female homicide victims.
10. Domestic Violence is not just hitting, fighting,
or an occasional mean argument. It is a chronic abuse of power.
The abuser tortures and controls the victim by calculated threats,
intimidation and physical violence. Actual physical violence is
often the result of months or years of intimidation and control.
11. Victims of abuse also require mental health
care. There is enormous cost to the state in the form of time
spent by law enforcement officers, courts, lawyers, public health
workers and social welfare organizations in the form of money
and donated time to staff and run shelters, counseling services,
hotlines and more.
Many times, women’s self-esteem is so low because of spouse
abuse that they are unable to see themselves as worthy of seeking
help or they rationalize the abuse, believing they caused or deserve
it. Police complain that often when they arrest an abuser, the
victims want them to drop the charges.
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Violence: An Overview” was written by C. J. Newton, MA,
Learning Specialist and published in the Find Counseling.com (formerly
TherapistFinder.net) Mental Health Journal in February, 2001
Men Murder Women: An Analysis of 2000 Homicide Data” by
The Violence Policy Center
Activities, December 2001: Children’s Health: Violence affects
many teenage girls…
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