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Be Aware

Early this morning, my family and I were awoken by a domestic dispute occurring next door. To say it was unsettling is understating the encounter. The police were called and to find out the townhome was full of people. They did nothing. It’s a state of our society that shows how so common place it is for this to happen and no one helps.

Domestic Violence is not something to blink an eye at. Should you wade into the middle of a battle… never. They are violent and scary but to not call police and just ignore it is not healthy either.

In thinking about this article, I looked up some statistics and they horrific.

  1. 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)
  2. Nearly 20 people per minuteare 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)
  3. Nearly 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men have experienced severe physical violence by an intimate partner during their lifetime. (source)
  4. Intimate partner violence accounts for 15% of all violent crime. (source)
  5. In 15 states, more than 40% of all homicides of women in each state involved intimate partner violence. (source)
  6. 85% of domestic violence victims are female, and 15% are male. (source)
  7. Women with disabilities have a 40% greater risk of intimate partner violence, especially severe violence, than women without disabilities. (source)
  8. 2 in 5 gay or bisexual men will experience intimate partner violence in their lifetimes. (source)
  9. Approximately 63% of homeless women have experienced domestic violence in their adult lives. (source)
  10. 28% of families were homeless because of domestic violence. (source)
  11. Nearly half of all women and men in the US will experience psychological aggression by an intimate partner in their lifetime. (source)
  12. 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)
  13. 40% of The Center for Violence-Free Relationships’ domestic violence cases have children under 18 in the home. (source)
  14. Nationally, 50% of batterers who abuse their intimate partners also abuse their children. (source)
  15. Worldwide, men who were exposed to domestic violence as children are 3-4x more likely to perpetrate intimate partner violence as adults. (source)
  16. 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)
  17. 4% of high school studentsreport being hit, slapped, or physically hurt on purpose by their boyfriend or girlfriend in the last 12 months. (source)
  18. Only 1 out of 3 people who are injured during a domestic violence incident will ever receive medical care for their injuries. (source)
  19. Most cases of domestic violence are never reported to police. (source)
  20. Men who are victimized are substantially less likely than women to report their situation to police. (source)

It’s scary to know that these statistics are for the US only!!! This is a trend that needs fixing. I certainly hope that all who read this will take to heart what they read and pass on the needed help to friends, family or coworkers. Guaranteed we know someone who this is happening too.

Here is the number to The National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1−800−799−7233.

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