Mental Health Monday – Why Domestic Violence Victims Don’t Leave

 Domestic violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another. It includes physical violence, sexual violence, threats, and emotional/psychological abuse. The frequency and severity of domestic violence varies dramatically.
•  In the United States, an average of 20 people are physically abused by intimate partners every minute. This equates to more than 10 million abuse victims annually. 
•  1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been physically abused by an intimate partner.
•  1 in 5 women and 1 in 7 men have been severely physically abused by an intimate partner.
•  1 in 7 women and 1 in 18 men have been stalked. Stalking causes the target to fear she/he or someone close to her/him will be harmed or killed.
•  On a typical day, domestic violence hotlines nationwide receive approximately 20,800 calls.
•  The presence of a gun in a domestic violence situation increases the risk of homicide by 500%.
•  Intimate partner violence accounts for 15% of all violent crime.
•. Intimate partner violence is most common among women between the ages of 18-24.
• 19% of intimate partner violence involves a weapon.

Domestic violence is prevalent in every community, and affects all people regardless of age, socio-
economic status, sexual orientation, gender, race, religion, or nationality. Physical violence is often accompanied by emotionally abusive and controlling behavior as part of a much larger, systematic pattern of dominance and control. Domestic violence can result in physical injury, psychological trauma, and even death. The devastating consequences of domestic violence can cross generations and last a lifetime.


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