Understanding domestic violence statistics
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According to the National Domestic Violence Hotline:

Domestic violence can happen to anyone of any race, age, sexual orientation, religion or gender.

It can happen to couples who are married, living together or who are dating.  Domestic violence affects people of all socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels.

Abuse is a repetitive pattern of behaviors to maintain power and control over an intimate partner. These are behaviors that physically harm, arouse fear, prevent a partner from doing what they wish or force them to behave in ways they do not want. Abuse includes the use of physical and sexual violence, threats and intimidation, emotional abuse and economic deprivation. Many of these different forms of abuse can be going on at any one time.

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 These 11 domestic violence statistics will give you an idea about the reality and nature of domestic abuse in America.

1.  1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men experience violence from their partners in their lifetimes. ( The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, 2010)

2. Each year, women experience about 4.8 million intimate-partner-related physical assaults and rapes. (CDC Intimate Partner Violence Fact Sheet, 2006)

3. Females between the ages of 16 to 24 are more vulnerable to intimate partner violence than any other age group, at a rate almost three times the national average. (Department Of Justice)

4. One in five dating couples report some sort of dating violence in their relationship. (Bureau of Justice Statistics)

5. Intimate partner violence tends to perpetuate itself from teenage years into adulthood, and progressively intensifies the longer it continues. (Multiple studies)

6. Approximately one in five female high-school students report being physically or sexually abused by a dating partner. (Journal of the American Medical Association)

7. One in three teens reports knowing a friend or peer who has been hit, punched, kicked, slapped or physically hurt by a dating partner. (Liz Claiborne survey)

8. One in five college females experience some form of dating violence. (Bureau of Justice Statistics)

9. Attacks by male partners are the number-one cause of injury to women ages 15 to 44. (U.S. Surgeon General report)

10. One in three women will be a victim of violence by a husband or boyfriend at some point in their life. (Journal of the American Medical Association)

11. Intimate partner violence and its emotional effects are a significant factor in female suicide attempts and are a leading cause of substance abuse in women. (Multiple studies)

REACH OUT FOR HELP

Call the National Domestic Violence Hotline 24/7 for confidential support. The Hotline can advise on police and protective orders, how to help a loved one, as well as provide further information on abusive relationships. (thehotline.org; 800-799-7233)

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This article was originally published in the SURVIVOR’S EDGE ™ Spring 2015 issue. Subscription is available in print and digital editions here.

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