Do you know everything you should know about domestic violence? If you've never been a victim, then chances are there are plenty of things that you don't know. Of course, even those who have suffered through domestic violence likely don't know everything about it. The domestic violence statistics are overwhelming, and they most definitely will change the way you think about it. Take a look at these and see just how prevalent domestic violence is, and just what it's doing within our society.
Domestic Violence Statistics
Domestic Violence Stats On Women
What It Means To Be A Victim
In truth, no one can tell us what it means to be a victim unless they have experienced it, but what we do know is that victims are more likely to suffer from depression and suicidal thoughts or actions. They are more likely to miss work, to lose money and to even lose their jobs because of some side effect of the abuse. They are also at a higher likelihood of death at the hands of their abuser.
Men and women are victims of this horrible crime, and it's up to all of us to do something about the situation and to help them find solutions to what they are going through.
Being a victim is a terrible experience for anyone, something that no one can fully comprehend, but there is something that can be done about it. For anyone that is currently experiencing domestic violence or who are struggling to get out of the situation, it is imperative that you seek out professional help as well as the help and support of family and friends. There are plenty of people around you who would love to help you out of any difficult situation and who would do anything for you, finding those people and getting all the support you can is the first step.
Getting help is a complicated process for anyone suffering from domestic violence. But there is help out there in the form of friends and family, law enforcement, and mental health professionals. ReGain is one way that you can seek out mental health support once you have left a domestic violence situation or when you are trying to decide what to do within one.
With this system, you can meet with a professional from anywhere that you feel comfortable and all you need is internet access. This makes it easier for you to get in touch and much more comfortable for you to hold your sessions as well. With this service, there's no reason you need to miss a meeting or venture out to a therapists office.
American Journal of Public Health, 104(3), 461-466. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2013.301582. xv Violence Policy Center. (2012). American roulette: Murder-suicide in the United States. Retrieved from http://www.vpc.org/studies/amroul2012.pdf.
Black, M.C., Basile, K.C., Breiding, M.J., Smith, S.G., Walters, M.L., Merrick, M.T., Chen, J. & Stevens, M. (2011). The national intimate partner and sexual violence survey: 2010 summary report. Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/nisvs_report2010-a.pdf.
Breiding, M. J., Chen, J. & Black, M. C. (2014). Intimate partner violence in the United States - 2010. Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/cdc_nisvs_ipv_report_2013_v17_single_a.pdf.
Bridges, F.S., Tatum, K. M., & Kunselman, J.C. (2008). Domestic violence statutes and rates of intimate partner and family homicide: A research note. Criminal Justice Policy Review, 19(1), 117-130. xiv Smith, S., Fowler, K. & Niolon, P. (2014). Intimate partner homicide and corollary victims in 16 states: National violent death reporting system, 2003-2009.
Campbell, J.C., Webster, D., Koziol-McLain, J., Block, C., Campbell, D., Curry, M. A., Gary, F., Glass, N., McFarlane, J., Sachs, C., Sharps, P., Ulrich, Y., Wilt, S.,
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2014). Intimate partner violence: Definitions. Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/intimatepartnerviolence/definitions.html.
Coker, A., Smith, P., Bethea, L., King, M. & McKeown, R. (2000). Physical health consequences of physical and psychological intimate partner violence. Archives of Family Medicine, 9(5), 451-457.
Dutton, M.A., Green, B., Kaltman, S., Roesch, D., Zeffiro, T. & Krause, E. (2006). Intimate partner violence, PTSD, and adverse health outcomes. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 21(7), 955-968.
Finkelhor, D., Turner, H., Ormrod, R. & Hamby, S. (2011). Children's exposure to intimate partner violence and other family violence. Retrieved from https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/ojjdp/232272.pdf.
Henning, K., & Klesges, L.M (2003). Prevalence and characteristics of psychological abuse reported by court-involved battered women. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 18(8), 857-871.
Kaukinen, C. (2004). Status compatibility, physical violence, and emotional abuse in intimate relationships. Journal of Marriage and Family, 66(2), 452-471.
Manganello, J., Xu, X., Schollenberger, J., Frye, V. & Lauphon, K. (2003). Risk factors for femicide in abusive relationships: Results from a multisite case control study. American Journal of Public Health, 93(7), 1089-1097.
O'Leary, K. D. & Mairuo, R. D. (2005). Psychological abuse in violent domestic relations. New York, NY: Springer Publishing Company.
Pico-Alfonso, M., Garcia-Linares, I., Celda-Navarro, N., Blasco-Ros, C., Echeburua, E., & Martinez, M. (2006). The impact of physical, psychological, and sexual intimate male partner violence on women's mental health: Depressive symptoms, posttraumatic stress disorder, state anxiety, and suicide. Journal of Women's Health, 15(5), 599-611.
Rothman, E., Hathaway, J., Stidsen, A. & de Vries, H. (2007). How employment helps female victims of intimate partner abuse: A qualitative study. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, 12(2), 136-143. doi: 10.1037/1076-89184.108.40.206.
Truman, J. L. & Morgan, R. E. (2014). Nonfatal domestic violence, 2003-2012. Retrieved from http://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/ndv0312.pdf.
World Health Organization (2013). Global and regional estimates of violence against women: Prevalence and health effects of intimate partner violence and nonpartner sexual violence. Retrieved from http://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/10665/85239/1/9789241564625_eng.pdf?ua=1.
World Health Organization (2004). The economic dimensions of intimate partner violence. Retrieved from http://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/10665/42944/1/9241591609.pdf.