October 30, 2013

Domestic Violence Hurts Us All

All too often people classify domestic violence as a “family” problem. One that should be handled behind closed doors and kept hidden from view. It is becoming more apparent that Domestic Violence is NOT a personal problem. It is something that our society should care about. Every victim of Domestic Violence effects an average of 27 other people – family, friends, co-workers, and people they encounter in daily life who aren’t even aware of what might be happening to a survivor.

Domestic Violence Effects EVERYONE

  • Nearly 5.3 million intimate partner victimizations occur among U.S. women ages 18 and older each year.
  • 1 in 3, to 1 in 4 women in the U.S. have or will experience(d) an act of D.V. in their lifetime.
  • Domestic Violence results in nearly 2 million injuries and nearly 1,300 deaths EVERY YEAR.
  • More than 555,000 injuries required medical attention, 145,000 were serious enough to warrant hospitalization.
  • Domestic Violence also results in 18.5 million mental health care visits each year.

Remember! If victims of domestic violence affect an average of 27 people, that means that at least 143 MILLION people are affected every year!

The legal system is clogged with the debris of Domestic Violence 

  • According to the California Department of Justice, Criminal Justice Statistics Center (CDJ), there were 174, 649 domestic violence-related calls for assistance in 2007. Of these calls, 40% involved the use of weapons.
  • CDJ reported 113 domestic violence fatalities in 2008. These accounted for 5% of all homicides in the State. Of the 113 Domestic Violence homicides in 2008, 99 of the victims were females (88%), and 14 were males (12%).
  • 50% of women in prison for murder were convicted for killing their abusers.
  • 63% of all males between 11 and 20 doing time for homicide killed their mother’s batterer.

Think of the Children

  • Each year, an estimated 3.3 million children are exposed to violence by family members against their mothers or caretakers.
  • 40-60% of men who abuse women also abuse their children.
  • Child abuse occurs in up to 70% of families that experience DV
  • A history of Domestic Violence is the most significant precursor for youth who will become delinquent.
  • In 43% of households where domestic violence occurs, at least one child under the age of 12 lives in the home.
  • Violent juvenile delinquents are 4 times more likely to come from domestic violence homes.
  • 80% of runaways are from Domestic Violence homes.

How are we helping the cause?

  • There are 94 Shelters and 97 Domestic Violence Outreach Programs in California.
  • These programs serve about 2,500 women and 1,600 children A DAY!
  • They answer 1,500 hotline calls A DAY!

What can you do?

The biggest way to make a difference is to be an advocate against violence in your community. Work with your local organizations to help them bring attention to what Domestic Violence is doing in your community. You can find a listing of organizations by looking at our  National resources pages. We must work together to shine a light on this problem that has been part of our culture for over 2000 years. Violence is never the answer, and only by bringing that message to our future generations can we truly hope to make a lasting difference.