Did You Know?
Did you know that...
- Every 14 seconds in our country, a woman is battered by her intimate partner?
- 20% of all murders are domestic violence related?
- Children who witness domestic violence are 6 times as likely to commit suicide and 57 times as likely to abuse drugs?
- Every 5 years, more women are killed by domestic violence than Americans killed int he Vietnam War?
- 76% of rape and sexual assault are committed by husbands, ex-husbands, boyfriends, family members, or acquaintance.
A domestic abuse victim is:
- someone who has been verbally abused
- someone whose freedom of word, thought, or deed has been restricted
- someone who has been threatened with harm
- someone who is forced to engage in sexual activity against their will
- someone who has been physically harmed
What is domestic abuse?
- Domestic abuse is a form of control that one person exercises over another.
- Domestic abuse can be verbal, physical, or sexual in nature.
Who could be an abuser?
- a current or former spouse
- someone with whom you now or formerly lived
- someone you are now or have formerly dated
- someone to whom you are related by blood
- someone with whom you have had sexual relations
Did you know that..
- The two most pressing concerns for survivors of abuse are the need for safe housing and the need for economic resources to maintain safety?
- A study of homeless women with children found that 80% had previously experienced domestic violence
- 57% Homelessness was caused by domestic violence.
- In just 1 day in 2016 over 41,000 adults and children fled domestic vioence and found refuge in an emergency shelter or transitional housing program.
- 7,914 requests by domestic violence survivors for housing were unmet due to lack of funding, staffing, or other resources. Emergency shelter and transitional housing were the most urgent unmet need for survivors.
Homeless statistics are from Safe Housing Partnerships: Intersection of Domestic Violence and Homelessness.