Saturday, December 1, 2012

Love Should NOT hurt!


Some Facts About Domestic Violence

  •  Average number of times an abuser hits his spouse before she makes a police report: 35
  • Estimated number of children, worldwide, exposed to domestic violence everyday: 10,000,000
  •  Number of women in the U.S. who report intimate partner violence: 1 in 4
  •  Number of women who will experience partner violence worldwide: 1 in 3
  • Order of causes of death for European women ages 16-44: domestic violence, cancer, traffic accidents
  • Number of women killed by spouses who were shot by guns kept by men in the home in France and South Africa: 1 in 3
  • Country in which 943 women were killed in honor killings in 2011: Pakistan
  • Worldwide, likelihood that a man who grew up in a household with domestic violence grows up to be an abuser: 3 to 4 times more likely than if he hadn't.
  • Percentage of teen rape and abuse victims who report their assailant as an intimate: 76
  • Percentage change between 1980 and 2008 of women and men killed by intimate partners in the U.S.: (w) 43 percent to 45 percent; (m) 10 percent to 5 percent
  • Increase in portrayals of violence against girls and women on network TV during a five year period ending in 2009: 120 percent
  • The number one cause of death for African American women ages 15-34 according to the American Bar Association: homicide at the hands of a partner
  • Chance that a lesbian** in the U.S. will experience domestic (not necessarily intimate partner) violence: 50 percent
  • Ratio of women shot and killed by a husband or intimate partner compared to the total number of murders of men by strangers using any time of weapon, from 2002 homicide figures: 3X
  • Number of people who will be stalked in their lifetimes: 1 in 45 men and 1 in 12 women.
  • Percentage of stalkers identified as known to victims: 90.3
  • Percentage of abused women in the U.S. who report being strangled by a spouse in the past year: 33 to 47.3 (this abuse often leaves no physical signs)
  • According to one study, percentage of domestic abuse victims who are tried to leave after less severe violent and nonviolent instances of abuse: 66 versus less than 25
  • No. 1 and No. 2 causes of women's deaths during pregnancy in the U.S.: Domestic homicide and suicide, often tied to abuse. 
  • Percentage of rape and sexual assault victims under the age of 18 who are raped by a family member: 34 Number of women killed everyday in the U.S. by a spouse: 3+ 
  • Percentage reduction in reports of violence after men and women in South Africa went through an educational training program on health, domestic violence and gender norms: 55

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