About Domestic Violence
Domestic Violence is the leading cause of injury to women ages 15 -44 in the United States --- more than car accidents, muggings and rapes combined.·1 in 3 women will become victims of domestic violence in their lifetime.
·1 in 3 teenage girls will be physically assaulted by a boyfriend.
·Domestic violence is the leading predictor of child abuse.
·Boys who witness domestic violence in their homes are 1,500 times more likely to perpetrate abuse later in life.
·50% of girls growing up in an abusive home will go on to be victims of abuse themselves.
Recognizing Domestic ViolenceDomestic violence occurs when one person in an intimate relationship exercises power and control over the other through a pattern of intentional behaviors, including psychological, emotional, physical and sexual abuse. There is no way to define a “typical” victim of domestic violence --- it can affect anyone from any socioeconomic, demographic, geographic or educational background. The greatest risk factor for victimization is simply being a woman.
While most people are able to recognize an abusive relationship when it involves physical violence, relationships involving psychological or emotional abuse are more subtle, but no less destructive. If allowed to continue, these behaviors can escalate to include more physically dangerous abuse over time. It is important to recognize key characteristics of domestic violence so that abuse can be stopped before it becomes threatening.
The progression of violence is outlined below, and includes repeated use of one or more of the following behaviors:
Verbal Abuse· Name-calling
· Put downs
· Use of profanity
· Unfounded accusations
· Cruel and hurtful remarks
· Degrading the victim in public
· Diminishing accomplishments
· Flying into rages
Physical Abuse· Choking/Strangulation
· Holding the victim against her will
· Throwing or breaking objects
· Using a weapon or threatening to use a weapon
Emotional Abuse· Isolation
· Controlling finances or employment
· Lack of trust/Suspicion
· Following or stalking the victim
· Threats of suicide
· Threats of taking away children
· Threats of physical violence
· Threats of murder
· Minimizes or denies behavior, explosive or critical reactions
·Forcing unwanted sexual acts
·Use of weapons during sex
·Forced sex involving multiple partners
·Inflicts pain during sex
·Video recording sex acts without permission
·Threatening to post personal pictures without permission
MORE INFORMATION ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE:
» About Domestic Violence|
» The Dynamics of Domestic Violence
» Are You Being Abused?
» Know Someone Being Abused?
» Safety Planning|
» Teen Dating Violence
» The Effects on Children
» Technology Safety