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Domestic Violence

Domestic abuse is defined as an act of violence that occurs between two people who are in, or have had, an intimate relationship in a domestic setting.  

These acts target the mental, physical, psychological, sexual, and mental health of the victim.

Anyone can be a target of domestic abuse regardless of their race, gender, age, class, and faith. 

Domestic abuse is typically a pattern, where the abuser exerts control and power over the abused. 

 

Nearly 20 People per Minute

On average, twenty people per minute are physically abused by their partner in the United States. In a single year 10 million more women than men are abused.

1-4 Women 1-9 Men

One if four women and one in nine men experience extreme physical or sexual violence by their intimate partner in their lifetime.

20,000 Phone calls

On a average day, there are more than 20,000 calls made to domestic violence hotlines nationwide.

 

Signs of Abuse

Does your partner...

Emotionally:

  • Continuously criticizes you. 

  • Make you feel like nothing without them.

  • Make you feel scared or uncomfortable.

  • Make you feel "stuck" in the relationship.

  • Make you feel as if you must be obedient. 

Psychologically: 

  • Intimidates, threatens, is destructive, or blackmails you.

  • Make you feel unable to make decisions

  • Use threats or violence to gain compliance

  • Prevent you from spending time with other people. 


Economically:

  • Bribes you with money or wealth.

  • Makes you financially dependent on them.

  • Violates your job.

Physically: 

  • ​Treat you roughly physically.

  • Is possessive over you.

  • Pressure you for sexual favors.

  • Use alcohols or drugs to validify their actions.

  • Forces you to leave home.

  • Prevents you from seeking help or medical attention. 

  • Hurts other people to spite you.

 

Women Oftenly Targeted

Globally, the victims of domestic abuse are overwhelmingly female. In general women are more likely to experience physical and sexual abuse compared to their male counterparts. Research has shown that there is a direct correlation between a country's gender equality and gender violence; lower rates of equality therefore, cause higher rates of abuse. Domestic abuse is one of the most underreported crimes globally for both women and men. While women are normally envisioned as the victims, while men as their abusers, social stigmas regarding male victimization prevent these males from getting proper help in healthcare, and in court.

 

NO ONE- deserves to be abused. The abuse is not your fault, and you are never alone. 

DON'T- be hesitant to call a hotline for help. (1.800.799.SAFE).

TELL- people you trust get help before the situation escalates.