Thursday, October 18, 2007

Thirteen Things about Domestic Violence
Not the Cheeriest of Topics but Important!
It's DV Awareness Month, Pass these along!!

1. Of those victimized by an intimate partner, 85% are women and 15% are men. In other words, women are 5 to 8 times more likely than men to be victimized by an intimate partner.

2. Only about 1 in 5 of domestic violence victims
with physical injuries seek professional medical treatment.

Every two and a half minutes, somewhere in America, someone is sexually assaulted.

One in six American women are victims of sexual assault, and one in 33 men.
(Those numbers have changed, it used to be 1 in 4 women and 1 in 10 men. Things are getting "better".)

The majority of women killed at work are murdered by a current or former intimate partner

More children are served in battered women’s shelters than are adults.

Only about half of domestic violence incidents are reported to police.

The National College Women Sexual Victimization Study estimated that between 1 in 4 and 1 in 5 college women experience completed or attempted rape during their college years.

Most perpetrators know their victims. According to the 2000 National Crime Victimization Survey, 62% of rape and sexual assault victims knew the perpetrator. More than 40% of rapes and sexual assaults came at the hands of a person the female victim called a friend or acquaintance.
(There is a 2005 NCVS that supports with similar numbers.)

More than half of all rapes of women occur before age 18; 22% occur before age 12.

Females ages 12 to 24 are at the greatest risk for experiencing a rape or sexual assault

Domestic violence occurs in approximately 25-33% of same-sex relationships.

As many as 324,000 women each year experience intimate partner violence during their pregnancy.

References for these facts:
Lawrence A. Greenfeld et al. (1998). Violence by Intimates: Analysis of Data on Crimes by Current or Former Spouses, Boyfriends, and Girlfriends. Bureau of Justice Statistics Factbook. Washington DC: U.S. Department of Justice. NCJ #167237. Available from National Criminal Justice Reference Service.

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