Domestic violence is a major problem in the U.S., and it can assume many different forms, including physical, sexual, emotional, economic and psychological abuse. Approximately 33 million Americans (15 percent of the population) admit that they have been victims of domestic violence. It’s completely unacceptable that a woman is assaulted or beaten every nine seconds in our country. Half of men who frequently assault their wives also assault their children. There is also a vicious cycle in play—men who witnessed domestic violence as children are twice as likely to abuse their wives than those who grew up in nonviolent households.
More than three women and one man are murdered by their “partners” every day. The costs associated with domestic violence are staggering. Nearly $4.1 billion is spent every year for direct medical and mental health care services for victims. Domestic violence victims lose nearly eight million days of paid work each year.
Do you know anyone who is a victim of domestic violence but is unafraid to take action? Take a look at this infographic presented by SocialWorkDegreeGuide.com to find a list of useful hotlines you should call to help.