Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Why is it so important to be aware of domestic violence and its effects?

Domestic violence is something that affects individuals regardless of age, gender, religion, economic status, nationality or educational background. It results in physical injury, psychological trauma, and even death. The consequences of domestic violence can cross generations and last a lifetime.

Domestic Violence Statistics:

  • 1 in 4 people will experience domestic violence in their lifetime.
  • About 1.3 million people are physically assaulted by an intimate partner each year.
  • 85% of domestic violence victims are women.
  • Females between the ages of 20-24 are at the greatest risk of nonfatal intimate partner violence.
  • Almost 1/3 of female homicide victims are killed by an intimate partner.
  • Nearly 7.8 million women have been raped by an intimate partner at some point in their life. (Source: National Coalition Against Domestic Violence)
  • Domestic violence goes unrecognized in men because the incidences are hardly ever reported, nothing has been done to encourage men to report it, counseling is usually formed for women and in most cases, the physical damage inflicted by men is much greater than the damage by women.

View the Dating Violence Wheel to see how power and control exhibit themselves in relationships.

Reducing Your Chance of Being in a Violent Relationship:

  • Pay attention to the warning signs listed above and on the Dating Violence Wheel
  • Choose who you date and go out with based on your knowledge of their temperament and character
  • Leave the relationship if violence occurs, or if you feel threatened by anything your partner does or says
  • Talk with others you trust about a violent or potentially violent situation in your relationship
  • Prepare yourself in case of imminent danger
  • Be safe and aware wherever you are