Factsheet of Domestic Violence
The worst form of violence that happens in a relationship is domestic violence. There are many things about domestic violence that people are not aware of. There are some shocking facts about domestic violence that you won’t believe.
Read this article to know 10 statistics and facts about domestic violence.
Domestic violence is a type of violence that is done to the intimate partner in a relationship with the intention to control the partner. Domestic violence can happen to anyone. The abuse can be mental, physical, economic, or sexual, etc. that influences other people. It makes people terrorized, fearful, and hurt, so much so that they don’t even tell anyone about this. And in many cases, victims get killed.
That’s why you should help the victim that suffers from domestic violence to save their lives.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE FACTSHEET
- 1 in every 4 women and 1 in 7 men are the victims of severe physical violence while in a relationship in their lifetime.
- Almost one-third of women (27% worldwide) in the age group of 15 to 49 have been in a relationship where their partner has performed some form of physical or sexual abuse on them.
- 1 out of 15 children are exposed to intimate partner violence every year, and 90% of these children are eyewitnesses of the whole violence scenario.
- 38% of all murders of women are committed by intimate partners, globally.
- Women that have some disabilities have 40% more chances to receive abuse/violence from their intimate partner, than women without disabilities.
- 1 out of 5 female high school students report physical and sexual abuse by their intimate partner.
- Most domestic violence cases were never reported to the police.
- Around 1 out of 5 women (18.3%) and 1 out of 71 men (1.4%) are raped by their intimate partner in their lifetime.
- Around 63% of homeless women become victims of sexual violence in their adult lives.
- On a typical day in the US, more than 20,000 phone calls are placed on the domestic violence hotline nationwide.
- 81% of women and 35% of men who have been through rape, stalking, or physical violence while in a relationship reported that they develop (short-term or long-term) symptoms of victims of domestic abuse.
- 1 out of 4 gay men, 1 out of 3 bisexual men, and 3 out of 10 heterosexual men have experienced rape, physical violence, or stalking by their intimate partner during their lifetime.
- 44% of lesbian women and 61% of bisexual women have experienced rape and stalking by their intimate partner.
- In the US, almost half (47.5%) of American Indian/Alaskan Native women, 45.1% of non-Hispanic Black women, 37.3% of non-Hispanic White women, 34.4% of Hispanic women, and 18.3% of Asian-Pacific Islander women have been gone through physical violence or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime.
- Every minute 20 to 25 people are physically abused by their intimate partner in the US. By adding this up more than 10 million women (about half the population of New York) and men were physically abused in a year.
How to stop domestic violence before it starts?
Domestic violence is preventable if you take notice of factors that lead to intimate domestic violence.
To prevent intimate partner violence, we should first address the factors that put people at risk and the need to protect them from that violence. There are communities that promote violence protection and give shelter, food, and important supplies to maintain a healthy and safe environment for the victims.
Like any other violence, domestic violence is also connected with other types of violence. They must share the root causes that motivate the violence. Addressing those factors and preventing them can help to avoid violence.
These are the factors that can help to prevent the root causes of violence:
- Teach how to create safe and healthy relationships: Government and social communities can introduce programs to guide the youth about social-emotional factors in relationships. Besides, couples can learn how to maintain healthy relationships through counseling and therapy.
- Disrupt the pathways that make the person an abuser: School visit programs to know about children who are violent in behavior. Make a preschool environment where children can connect to their parents efficiently. Educate people about parenting skills and family relationship programs. Give treatment to children, youth, and families whose mental condition is not stable.
- Improve the workplace/home/school environment: Improve the environment of schools, colleges, offices, organizational places, and the local neighborhood’s area to provide safety and education.
- Economic support to lower-income families: Many domestic violence cases happen due to financial problems. So, people who earn less than the average income should be given financial aid to avoid the economic factor that leads to frustration and subsequent abuse.
- Support survivors of domestic abuse: Communities and government should give victim-centered help services to help the victim while taking legal action against the abuser, medical assistance for those who are going through mental trauma, and give support and treatment to survivors of domestic violence.
These factors can help to reduce intimate partner violence/domestic violence.
Domestic violence is something that can be prevented when victims and people around them don’t ignore the signs of violence. If you do that, not only can you safeguard the victim but also save their life. So, understand the signs and give help to the victims to save their lives.
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