Get Informed: Domestic Violence

Overview

Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence can occur to anyone. It could be your friend, a family member, a co-worker. Domestic Violence does not discriminate against age, gender, or economic status.

Domestic violence is  a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another intimate partner.  Domestic violence can be physical, emotional, financial, sexual, or spiritual actions or threats of actions that influence another person. This includes any behaviors that intimidate, manipulate, humiliate, isolate, frighten, coerce, threaten, blame, hurt, or injure someone.
 

Facts about Domestic Violence:
  • 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been victims of some form of physical violence by an intimate partner within their lifetime.
  • Domestic violence is most common among women between the ages of 18-24.
  • The cost of domestic violence exceeds $8.3 billion annually
  • Historically, women have been most often victimized by someone they knew.
  •  Nearly 20.9% of female high school students and 13.4% of male high school students report being physically or sexually abused by a dating partner.
  •  Nearly 1.5 million high school students in the United States are physically abused by dating partners every year.
  •  57% of teens know someone who has been physically, sexually, or verbally abusive in a dating relationship.
  •  43% of dating college women reported experiencing abusive behaviors from their partner.
  • 1 in 5 women are sexually assaulted during their college tenures.

Statistics and Information found at:

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

The U.S. Department of Justice