(U.S.) – Coverage of high profile domestic violence incidents has raised awareness of this kind of intimate partner abuse making these acts seem unusual when in reality 1 in every 4 women and 1 in every 7 men have experienced it.
Know the Facts
- According to a recent survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “on average, 24 people per minute are victims of rape, physical violence or stalking by an intimate partner in the US. In a year, that equals more than 12 million women and men.”
The National Domestic Violence Hotline also notes the following:
- Nearly half of all women and men in the U.S. have experienced psychological aggression by an intimate partner in their lifetime.
- More than half of female victims of rape reported being raped by an intimate partner.
- Two-thirds of female victims of stalking were stalked by a current or former intimate partner.
- Nearly 1 in 3 (29%) college women say they have been in an abusive dating relationship.
- 1 in 4 dating teens is abused or harassed online through texts by their partners.
- Victims of digital abuse and harassment are 2 times as likely to be physically abused, 2.5 times as likely to be psychologically abused and 5 times as likely to be sexually coerced.
- Nearly 33% of women killed in U.S. workplaces between 2003-2008 were killed by a current or former intimate partner.
There are Resources
The National Domestic Violence Hotline has the ability to connect survivors with a number of resources designed to help those individuals remove themselves from dangerous relationships. Here, you can find a complete list of domestic violence resources in every state across the U.S. Here in Ohio, survivors are encouraged to contact the Ohio Domestic Violence Network, by calling 800-934-9840 or visiting online, www.odvn.org.
Additionally, experts encourage parents to also be wary of dangerous relationship their children may be involved in as well as cognizant of firearm safety. These publications provide additional information that is useful in finding the best approach to these situations:
Talking to Your Children About Domestic Violence
If you are a parent who is experiencing abuse in your home, it can be very difficult to address it with your children. Take a look at this page for tips and additional resources that may be helpful.
Firearms Safety Tip Sheet
In the U.S., guns are often the weapons of choice for abusers, used in over 50% of all cases of domestic violence homicides. Just the mere presence of a gun in a domestic violence situation increases the risk of fatality for women by five times. While firearms are commonly used by abusive partners to exert power and control, we know that each case is unique and warrants its own specific safety plan.
There is help.