Domestic Violence is a pattern of behavior used to establish power and control over another person through fear and intimidation, often including the threat or use of violence. I personally wanted to bring awareness to this ugly tragedy. So here are some facts, and information on domestic violence, to keep you in the “know”.
- #1 FACT: Most domestic violence incidents are never reported.
- 1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence during her lifetime.
- Domestic violence and abuse can happen to anyone, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, income, or other factors.
- Women and men can be victims of domestic violence.`
- More than 60% of domestic violence incidents happen at home
- Domestic violence is the third leading cause of homelessness among families
- Women ages 18 to 34 are at greatest risk of becoming victims of domestic violence.
- More than 4 million women experience physical assault and rape by their partners.
- In 2 out of 3 female homicide cases, females are killed by a family member or intimate partner.
Here are some possible warning signs that a partner is abusive or could become abusive from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
- Monitors what you’re doing all the time, checks your phone, texts, calls or email
- Decides things for you that you should be allowed to decide (like what to wear or eat)
- Isolates you from friends and family
- Humiliates you in front of others
- Controls how you spend your money
- Downplays your feelings or your fears, calls you “crazy” or “overly-dramatic”
- Forces you to have sex against your will
- Threatens to harm himself or herself when upset with you
- Threatens to hurt you, your children, or pets
- Hurts you (by hitting, beating, pushing, shoving, punching, slapping, kicking, or biting)
Help change the facts. Speak up, speak out, and make a difference for victims of domestic violence.
National Domestic Violence Hotline: A confidential, free, 24-hour hotline for victims
LoveIsRespect: A confidential, free, 24-hour hotline to help teens
The U.S. Office for Victims of Crime: Offers a state-by-state breakdown of available legal and financial assistance for victims of crimes
WomensLaw.org: Offers a tool to find shelters and/or legal help in your area