October is domestic violence awareness month.
In effort to raise awareness about the issue of Domestic Violence in the United States and across the globe, October has been designated National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Informed conversations are a crucial part of implementing the necessary changes to prevent domestic violence from happening and help those who have been victimized. While domestic violence has often been seen as a personal issue to be kept quiet, we have begun to see a promising shift towards community education and reform in the criminal justice system. While Domestic Violence Awareness Month only lasts for 31 days, it is imperative that conversations about this issue continue to gain momentum in the long-term. Many of us have close friends or family members who have been victims of domestic violence or have been victimized ourselves, and we must recognize that there are people in all communities across the country who have been affected as well.
* A woman is beaten every 9 seconds in the United States.
* On a typical day, there are more than 20,000 phone calls placed to domestic violence hotlines nationwide.
* 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been victims of some form of physical violence by an intimate partner within their lifetimes.
* 1 in 5 women and 1 in 7 men have been victims of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetimes.
* Only 34% of people who are injured by intimate partners receive medical care for their injuries.
* Men who were exposed to domestic violence as children are 3-4 times more likely to perpetrate intimate partner violence as adults than those who were not exposed as children.
* Women who are victims of domestic violence are 8 times more likely to be killed by an intimate partner if there are firearms in the home.
* A woman is 20 times more likely to be murdered in the few weeks after leaving her abusive partner than at any other time in the relationship.
* Victims of abuse are at increased risk for mental health issues like post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety, and substance abuse.
* Women who are victims of domestic violence lose 8,000,000 days of paid work each year because of abuse perpetrated against them by current or former male partners. This loss is equivalent to over 32,000 full-time jobs.
* $948 is the average cost of emergency care for intimate partner violence related incidents for women. The average cost for men is $387.
Children and Domestic Violence
* 1 in 15 children are exposed to intimate partner violence each year, and 90% of these children are eyewitnesses to this violence.
* 10,000,000 children are exposed to domestic violence each year in the United States
Who is Affected?
* 85% of domestic violence victims are women and 15% are men.
* Approximately 1 in 3 adolescent girls in the United States is a victim of physical, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner – which exceeds victimization rates for other types of violence affecting young people.
* Black women experience intimate partner violence at rates 35% higher than White women.
* 2 in 5 gay or bisexual men will experience intimate partner violence in their lifetimes.
* Transgender people of color are 2.6 times more likely to become victims of intimate partner violence than non-LGBT people.
* Women with disabilities are 40% more likely to experience intimate partner violence than those who do not have disabilities.
If you are a survivor of domestic violence or sexual assault and need help, you can call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or the Rape Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673). For additional resources and information, try the following websites:
* “How Can You Help a Friend or Family Member?” http://www.thehotline.org/help/help-for-friends-and-family/
* Break the Cycle, information about teen dating violence: http://www.breakthecycle.org/learn-about-dating-violence * National Sexual Violence Resource Center: http://www.nsvrc.org/resources * RAINN: https://ohl.rainn.org/online/
1- National Coalition Against Domestic Violence: http://www.ncadv.org/learn/statistics
2- World Health Organization: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs239/en/
3- Huffington Post “30 Shocking Statistics about Domestic Violence That Remind Us It’s An Epidemic” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/23/domestic-violence-statistics_n_5959776.html
4- “Risk Factors for Femicide in Abusive Relationships: Results From a Multisite Case Control Study” http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1447915/
6- Womenshealth.gov: http://womenshealth.gov/violence-against-women/mental-health-effects-of-violence/