HER STORY IS WORTH YOUR 7-8 MINUTES:
85% of domestic violence victims are women.
Every 9 seconds, a woman is assaulted or beaten.
More than 3 women are murdered by their partners every day.
Intimate partner homicides make up 30% of the murders of women.
Only 70% of domestic violence is reported to law enforcement officials.
One in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime.
Approximately 33 Million Americans admit that they have been victims of domestic violence.
An estimated 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner each year.
In 70-80% of intimate partner homicides, no matter which partner was killed, the man physically abused the woman before the murder.
Less than one-fifth of victims reporting an injury from intimate partner violence sought medical treatment following the injury.
Most cases of domestic violence are never reported to the police. Almost one-third of female homicide victims that are reported in police records are killed by an intimate partner.
FACT: Victims of abuse may experience punched walls, control of finances, lying, using children to manipulate a parent’s emotions, intimidation, isolation from family and friends, fear, shame, criticism, cuts, crying and afraid children, broken bones, confusion, forced sexual contact, manipulation, sexist comments, yelling, rages, craziness, harassment, neglect, shoving, screaming, jealousy and possessiveness, loss of self esteem, coercion, slammed doors, abandonment, silent treatment, rape, destruction of personal property, unwanted touching, name calling, strangling, ripping, slapping, biting, kicking, bruises, punching, stalking, scrapes, depression, sabotaging attendance at job or school, brainwashing, violence to pets, pinching, deprivation of physical and economic resources, public humiliation, broken promises, prevention of seeking medical and dental care, ridicule, restraining, self-medication, forced tickling, threats to harm family and friends, threats to take away the children, threats to harm animals, threats of being kicked out, threats of weapons, threats of being killed.
Over the past 25 years, at one time or another, I have been on the receiving end of everything that I have put in bold print.
Fact Source: National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
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