Domestic violence is an issue that most of us don't want to talk about, but the truth is that our silence is killing us. Learn the facts about domestic violence so that you can save your life or the life of someone that you love.
Nearly 3 in 10 women (29%) and 1 in 10 men (10%) in the US have experienced rape, physical violence and/or stalking by a partner and report a related impact on their functioning US Department of Justice, Prevalence, Incidence, and Consequences of Violence Against Women. Further evidence proves 3 women are killed by a current or former intimate partner each day in america, on average according to Bureau of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, Homicide Trends.
According to the California Women's Health Survey (CWHS)I, approximately 40% of California women experience physical intimate partner violence in their lifetimes (male lifetimes prevalence rates are not available)
This same study found that younger women, 18-24 years of age, were significantly more likely (11%) to be victim of physical intimate partner violence in the past year than women in other age groups.
In 2003 domestic violence was identified as an epidemic in California by Attorney General Lockyer . In 2004 domestic violence statistics collected by Lockyer's Department of Justice show California local law enforcement (LAPD) agencies received 196,569 domestic violence-related calls for assistance in 2002. During that same year, there were 153 murders committed as a result of intimate partner violence and 50,479 juveniles and adults were arrested for spousal abuse under Penal Code section 273.5.
Clearly education, empowerment , and a safe place for those abused is of paramount in dwindling the ravishing statistic on those victimized by domestic violence. Some common myths about domestic violence that causes mental imprisonment are domestic violence can't happen to; everybody has drama in their relationship. It's just how life is; if he/she hurts me I retaliate so I'm not being abused. We're just fighting; He/she is giving me a good life. I'd be a foll to give it up; I owe it to my children to tough it out; and finally i love him/her that's why matters. All false belief system that has the potential keep a person in an unhealthy relationship.
If you or someone you know has made the above statements regarding an unhealthy relationship their are many safe havens available. The National Domestic Violence Hotline may be a place to start.
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