With the start of Domestic Violence Awareness month, we want take some time to make ourselves more aware of the facts surrounding this topic.
What is domestic violence?
According to the United States Department of Justice, Domestic violence is a pattern of behavior used to establish control and power over another person. Domestic violence can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person.
This includes any behaviors that intimidate, manipulate, humiliate, isolate, frighten, terrorize, coerce, threaten, blame, hurt, injure, or wound someone.
Who does it happen to?
Domestic violence can happen to anyone—female and male—regardless of ones race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, education, income or religion. It not only affects those who are being abused, but also the family and friends of the individual.
What are the statistics? [see our infographic]
Every 9 seconds in the US a woman is assaulted or beaten. (1)
3 per Day
Everyday in the US, more than three women are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends. (1)
8 Million Days
Domestic violence victims lose nearly 8 million days of paid work per year in the US alone—the equivalent of 32,000 full-time jobs. (1)
1 in 5
Further, over 1 in 5 women (22.3%) have experienced severe physical violence by an intimate partner at some point in their lifetime, translating to nearly 29 million U.S. women. (2)
1 in 5
Nearly 1 in 5 women (19.3%) has been raped in her lifetime.(3) Nearly 1 in 11 women (8.8%) have been raped by a current or former intimate partner at some point in their lives. (2)
1 in 6
One in 6 women (15.2%) have been stalked during their lifetime.(3) Two-thirds (66.2%) of female victims of stalking were stalked by a current or former intimate partner.(4)
Ninety-two percent of women surveyed listed reducing domestic violence and sexual assault as their top concern. (1)
Nearly half of all women in the United States have experienced psychological aggression by an intimate partner in their lifetime.(4)
Most female victims of rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner experienced intimate partner violence for the first time before 25 years of age.(4)
In Los Angeles alone:
On a typical day, 131 people call the City of Los Angeles' 911 number for help because of domestic violence. In the course of a year, the City receives about 48,000 such calls. More than 14,000 crime reports were categorized by the Los Angeles Police Department as domestic violence in 2014. (5)
It is important to remember that each of these numbers represents a real person. It is easy to glance at statistics and become desensitized towards the numbers, however these numbers represent daughters, sons, mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, friends, mentors, teachers, bosses, and students. These numbers represent individuals that have dignity and worth.
Individual’s who experience or witness domestic violence often times have their dignity and worth questioned, however, let us remember that no person, no circumstance and no opinion, can ever remove one’s dignity and worth. As Domestic Violence Awareness month continues, let’s share this knowledge with our peers and take action.
Is there a solution to domestic violence?
Yes. Domestic Violence is a generational cycle, that is learned and later acted upon. However, children can UN-learn behaviors they may have witnessed—which is the SOLUTION to ending the domestic violence. Good Shepherd Shelter believes that through reestablishing the women and children’s dignity and confidence, the cycle of domestic violence can end.
(5) Source & Interactive Map: http://lacontroller.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=b246d90a43574e728e1f8725f00b3c63