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Definition of Domestic Violence

DV

  • A behavior is used by one person in a relationship to control the other. The relationship may be marriage or not married, separation; heterosexual, gay,
    lesbian, living together, or dating. The control restricts the activity and independence of an individual. The control is a violent abuse that includes one or more of physical, emotional/psychological, verbal, sexual, financial/economic, identity, and religious abuse. 
  • Physical Abuse: use of physical force against another that injures another person or puts that person at risk of being injured.  Physical abuse ranges from pushing, throwing, tripping, slapping, tripping, hitting, kicking, punching, grabbing, choking, shaking and more.
  • Emotional/Psychological and Verbal Abuse: use of words, tone, action, and/or lack of to control, hurt, or humiliate a person.  May include ridicule, intimidate, or force.
  • Sexual Abuse: forced or intimidated sexual act or behavior to obtain power and control over the partner.  Includes forced sexual contact that degrades and/or humiliate the feelings of shame or helplessness, in regards to body, sexual performance or sexuality.
  • Financial/Economic Abuse: use or misuse of financial or monetary resources of the partner or partnership without their free given consent.  May include preventing the partner from working or jeopardizing their employment to gain financial independence, ask for money, having an allowance, and/or taking parts of vehicle to prevent partner to leave. 
  • Identity Abuse: using personal characteristics to humiliate, manipulate, and control partner.
  • Spiritual Abuse: using the victim’s religious or spiritual beliefs to manipulate them.  Include preventing the victim from practicing their beliefs or ridicule their beliefs.
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Domestic Violence Statistics

  • Domestic violence is likely to occur between the hours of 6:00p.m. – 6:00a.m.
  • Most domestic violence incidents are Never reported.
  • Both women and men experience the same psychological reaction to violence:
    • Guilt, shame, and humiliation
    • Anger and anxiety
    • Depression
    • Withdrawal from relationships
  • Cost of domestic violence exceeds $5.8 billion a year;  about $4.1 billion is towards medical and mental services.
  • Victims lose around 8 million days of work pay.
  • Domestic violence is 3rd leading cause of homelessness for families.
  • About 20% of 1.5 million people obtain a civil protection order.
  • Nearly 1/5 of protection orders have been violated.
  • Every 9 seconds a women is beaten or assaulted in the US.
  • Approximately 85% of domestic violence victims are women.
  • About 25% of women who are victims of domestic violence are beaten while they are pregnant.
  • 1 out of 4 women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime.
  • About 1.3 million women are victims of physical abuse by an intimate partner each year.
  • More than 4 million women are physically assaulted and raped by their partners.
  • Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury compared to car accidents, mugging, and rape combined
  • Approximately 40% of victims of severe, physical domestic violence are men.
  • 1 out of 14 men are physically assaulted by current/former partner, or date.
  • Nearly 3 million men are physically assaulted.
  • About 835,000 men are assaulted by their partner annually.
  • Men are most likely to be victims of both physical and psychological abuse.
  • Around 63% of males had a deadly weapon used against them from an intimate partner
  • About 40% of gay and bisexual men will experience abuse from their partner.

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