What is Domestic Violence?

Domestic Violence also known as intimate partner violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior perpetrated by an intimate partner against another.
 
The types of violence include:
  • Physical violence is when a person hurts or tries to hurt a partner by hitting, kicking, or other type of physical force.
  • Sexual Violence is forcing a partner to take part in a sex act when the partner does not consent.
  • Stalking victimization involves a pattern of harassing or threatening tactics used by a perpetrator that is both unwanted and causes fear or safety concerns in the victim.
  • Psychological aggression is the name calling, insulting or humiliating of an intimate partner with the intent to control and intimidate and coercive control, which includes behaviors that are intended to monitor and control or threaten an intimate partner.

Who does it affect?

  • More than 1 in 3 women and more than 1 in 4 men in the United States have experienced rape, physical violence and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime.
  • 1 in 3 teens experience some kind of abuse in their romantic relationships.
  • Females who are 20-24 years of age are at the greatest risk of nonfatal intimate partner violence.
  • 74% of Americans personally know someone who is or has been a victim of domestic violence

What are the behaviors of the abuser?

  • Stalk you, including texting or calling you constantly
  • Intimidate and threaten to hurt you or someone you love
  • Threaten to hurt themselves with the intent to coerce you into doing something you don't want to do
  • Isolate you from friends and family
  • Hitting, choking, slapping and restraining you
  • Force or pressure you into unwanted sex
  • Name calling, insulting and huiliate you
Affects on victims
  • 75% of all homicides related to domestic violence occur after the victim leaves the relationship.
  • 30% of physical disabilities in women are the result of domestic violence
  • Domestic violence is the single major cause of injury to women, more than muggings and car accidents combined
  • Symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Having nightmares
  • Trying hard not to think about it or avoiding being reminded of it
  • Feeling constantly on guard, watchful, or easily startled
  • Feeling numb

 

Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the US. Department of Justice.