October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Domestic Violence is a major issue in the US and around the world, and many nonprofit organizations work tirelessly to provide critical support and services to victims. Every year, more than 10 million men and women in the US are subjected to Domestic Violence. Its impact can be felt far and wide: More than 1 in 3 women (35.6%) and more than 1 in 4 men (28.5%) in the U.S. report having experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime. (source) Nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. During one year, this adds up to more than 10 million women and men. (source) Nearly 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men have experienced severe physical violence by an intimate partner during their lifetime. (source) Intimate partner violence accounts for 15% of all violent crime. (source) In 15 states, more than 40% of all homicides of women in each state involved intimate partner violence. (source) 85% of domestic violence victims are female, and 15% are male. (source) Women with disabilities have a 40% greater risk of intimate partner violence, especially severe violence, than women without disabilities. (source) 2 in 5 gay or bisexual men will experience intimate partner violence in their lifetimes. (source) Approximately 63% of homeless women have experienced domestic violence in their adult lives. (source) 28% of families were homeless because of domestic violence. (source) Nearly half of all women and men in the US will experience psychological aggression by an intimate partner in their lifetime. (source) Approximately 5 million children are exposed to domestic violence every year. Children exposed are more likely to attempt suicide, abuse drugs and alcohol, run away from home, engage in teenage prostitution, and commit sexual assault crimes. (source) 40% of The Center for Violence-Free Relationships’ domestic violence cases have children under 18 in the home. (source) Nationally, 50% of batterers who abuse their intimate partners also abuse their children. (source) Worldwide, men who were exposed to domestic violence as children are 3-4x more likely to perpetrate intimate partner violence as adults. (source) 81% of women and 35% of men who experienced rape, stalking, or physical violence by an intimate partner reported significant short- or long-term impact such as post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms and injury. (source) 4% of high school students report being hit, slapped, or physically hurt on purpose by their boyfriend or girlfriend in the last 12 months. (source) Only 1 out of 3 people who are injured during a domestic violence incident will ever receive medical care for their injuries. (source) Most cases of domestic violence are never reported to police. (source) Men who are victimized are substantially less likely than women to report their situation to police. (source) The numbers may be staggering, but there are so many great organizations working to both end Domestic Violence and support its victims. We’ve heard many positive stories from our Apricot for Victims Services users on how they transform lives every day. For just one example, check out The Center for Violence-Free Relationships’ story here. If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, call The National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1−800−799−7233 or visit their website to chat online 24/7.
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