Types of Abuse
slapping, pushing, hitting, kicking, biting, etc.
name-calling, putting down, insults, etc.
being forced into sexual contact
"If you... I'll kill you"
gestures, looks, smashing things
being kept from seeing or talking to others, no allowed to go out
being given no allowance, not allowed to have a job, etc.
STATISTICS on Domestic Violence
Domestic violence affects Americans in all communities, regardless of age, economic status, race, religion, nationality or educational background. The National Institute of Justice reports that 1 in 4 women experience domestic violence in their lifetime. Although some men do experience violence 85% of victims of domestic violence are women, and almost one-third of female homicide victims are killed by an intimate partner.
Domestic violence impacts not only the victim, but her family, environment and future generations. Witnessing violence between one’s parents or caretakers is the strongest risk factor of transmitting violent behavior from one generation to the next. Children who witness domestic violence display emotional and behavioral disturbances such as withdrawal, low self esteem, nightmares, and aggression, and are more likely to attempt suicide, abuse drugs and alcohol, run away from home, and engage in teenage prostitution. It is not surprising that a large number of grants for domestic violence are given each year for assistance and counseling to the children and families of victims.
The pervasive nature and seriousness of the crime of domestic violence is apparent. The cost of intimate partner violence annually exceeds $5.8 billion - including $4.1 billion in direct health care expenses. Medical professionals are also beginning to acknowledge domestic violence as a public health issue. Victims of domestic violence account for 22-35% of all women seeking emergency medical care, and an estimated $150 million is spent annually on medical expenses resulting from domestic violence injuries.