Intimate Partner Violence
NOTE: The new, broader term "Intimate Partner Violence" has replaced "Domestic Violence."
Intimate Partner Violence Statistics: (statistics from The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence)
Every 9 seconds in the US a woman is assaulted or beaten.
In the United States, an average of 20 people are physically abused by intimate partners every minute. This equates to more than 10 million abuse victims annually.
1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been physically abused by an intimate partner.
1 in 5 women and 1 in 7 men have been severely physically abused by an intimate partner.
1 in 7 women and 1 in 18 men have been stalked. Stalking causes the target to fear she/he or someone close to her/him will be harmed or killed.
The presence of a gun in a domestic violence situation increases the risk of homicide by 500%.
Domestic violence accounts for 15% of all violent crime.
Domestic violence is most common among women between the ages of 18-24.
19% of domestic violence involves a weapon.
Domestic victimization is correlated with a higher rate of depression and suicidal behavior.
Only 34% of people who are injured by intimate partners receive medical care for their injuries.
The Impact of Domestic Violence on Victims: (From ChildWelfare.gov)
As with anyone who has been traumatized, the non-offending parent demonstrate a wide range of effects from intimate partner violence. The offender’s abusive behavior can cause an array of health problems and physical injuries. Non offenders may require medical attention for immediate injuries, hospitalization for severe assaults, or chronic care for debilitating health problems resulting from the perpetrator’s physical attacks. The direct physical effects of intimate partner violence can range from minor scratches or bruises to fractured bones or sexually transmitted diseases resulting from forced sexual activity and other practices. The indirect physical effects of intimate partner violence can range from recurring headaches or stomachaches to severe health problems due to withheld medical attention or medications.
The impact of intimate partner violence on victims can result in acute and chronic mental health problems. Some victims, however, have histories of psychiatric illnesses that may be exacerbated by the abuse; others may develop psychological problems as a direct result of the abuse. Examples of emotional and behavioral effects of intimate partner violence include many common coping responses to trauma, such as:
- Emotional withdrawal
- Denial or being guarded of the abuse
- Impulsivity or aggressiveness
- Apprehension or fear
- Anxiety or hypervigilance
- Disturbance of eating or sleeping patterns
- Substance abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Sleeplessness, fears of going to sleep, nightmares, dreams of danger
- Physical symptoms such as headaches or stomachaches
- Hypervigilance to danger or being hurt
- Fighting with others, hurting other children or animals
- Temper tantrums or defiant behavior
- Withdrawal from people or typical activities
- Listlessness, depression, low energy
- Feelings of loneliness and isolation
- Current or subsequent substance abuse
- Suicide attempts or engaging in dangerous behavior
- Poor school performance
- Difficulties concentrating and paying attention
- Fears of being separated from the non-abusing parent;
- Feeling that his or her best is not good enough;
- Taking on adult or parental responsibilities;
- Excessive worrying;
- Bed-wetting or regression to earlier developmental stages;
- Identifying with or mirroring behaviors of the abuser.