October 2: Domestic Violence Awareness

I got all of these statistics in this post from Eve Foundation website . They are not my own wording in any way.

Domestic Violence Statistics:
- Domestic violence can be defined as a pattern of abuse in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over an intimate partner. 

- Domestic violence can be: physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or physciological actions or threats of actions that influence another person. 

- It includes any of these behaviors: intimidation, manipulation, humiliate, isolate, frighten, terrorize, coerce, threaten, blame, hurt, injure, or wound someone.

Physical abuse: Hitting, slapping, shoving, grabbing, pinching, biting, hair pulling, etc. It also includes denying a partner medical care or forcing alcohol and/or drug use.

Sexual abuse: Coercing or attempting to coerce any sexual contact or behavior without consent. It includes but is not limited to: marital rape, attacks on sexual parts of the body, forcing sex after physical violence has occured, and treating one in a sexually demeaning manner. 

Emotional abuse: Undermining an individual's sense of self worth and/or self esteem. This may include but isn't limited to: constant criticism, diminishing one's abilities, name calling, damaging one's relationship with their kids.

Psychological abuse: Causing fear by intimidation; threatening physical harm to self, partner, children, or partner's family or friends; destruction of pets and property, and forcing isolation from family, friends, or school and/or work.

Domestic violence can happen to anyone, regardless of race, gender, age, sexual orientation, or religion. It not only effects the person being abused, but also their family members, friends, co-workers, other witnesses, and the community at large. 

National Statistics:
- 1 in 4 women (25%) has experienced domestic violence in her lifetime.
- Estimates range from 960, 000 incidents of violence against a current or former spouse, boyfriend, or girlfriend to 3 million people who are physically abused by their husband or boyfriend per year. 
- Women accounted for 85% of the victims intimate partner violence, men for approximately 15%. 
- Women ages 20 - 24 are at the greatest risk of nonfatal intimate partner violence
- Separated and divorced males and females are at a greater risk of non fatal intimate partner violence.
- Nearly 2.2 million people called a domestic violence crisis or hotline in 2004 to escape crisis situations, seek advice, or assist someone they thought might be victims.

Domestic Violence Homicides:
On average, more than 3 women and 1 man are murdered by their intimate partners in this country every day. In 2000, 1,247 women were killed by an intimate partner. The same year, 440 men were killed by an intimate partner. 

Most intimate partner homicides occur between spouses, through boyfriends/girlfriends have commited about the same number of homicides in recent years. 

How many are reported?
About half of all female victims of intimate violence report an injury of some type, and about 20% of them seek medical assistance. 

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