October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This is the month where we team up to encourage folks to report abuse, request arrests and seek support.
To get you fired up here are 10 things you need to know about Domestic Violence, also known as Intimate Partner Violence.
1. The death toll: Nationwide, an average of 3 women lose their lives each day as a result of domestic violence.
2. What is Domestic Violence? Domestic violence is a pattern of abusive behavior-physical, emotional, sexual and/or economic-that is used by one partner in the relationship to maintain power and control over the other. It occurs in heterosexual and same–sex relationships.
3. Boom, the impact: Domestic violence impacts nearly 1 in 7 women and more than 3 million children.
4. The little victims: Even when children in abusive homes aren’t directly injured, the effects of the exposure to violence can result in emotional problems that play out in many forms: bullying, alcohol and drug abuse, and dating and gang violence.
5. The demographic at risk: Women between the ages of 16 and 24 are the most vulnerable to intimate partner violence.
6. The not-so great high school years: 1.5 million high school students experience physical abuse from a dating partner each year.
7. High-risk pregnancy: Physical abuse occurs during 7 to 20 percent of pregnancies.
8. Don’t forget the male victims: Although women are more likely to be victims than men, domestic violence against men is also too common and underreported. The most common forms of assault were slapping, grabbing, and shoving. Thirty-seven percent of cases involved a weapon and 7 percent of male victims described being forced to have sex.
9. Repeating the pattern: Children of abused mothers were 57 times more likely to have been harmed, compared with children of non-abused mothers.
10. A public health crisis: Intimate partner violence was a factor in 20 percent of US homicides with three-quarters of the victims being female.
Speak up. Speak out. End it.
- Dr. O
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