ABOUT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE:
Until the mid-1970's, no one talked much about abuse between adult partners. We were taught to think that criminal violence occurred on the street or in taverns and bars. Home was thought to be a safe place.
Now we know that violence in
the home is very frequent. More than 2 million American women a year are
physically attacked by their male partners. During the first half of the 1980's,
the deaths of nearly 17,000 people resulted from one partner killing another,
with women twice as likely to be victims of such fatal partner violence as men.
Violence between partners happens in all groups in society. No group is immune.
If violence or a threat of
violence of any kind has happened more than once or twice, it is extremely
likely to happen again. It may get more frequent or more severe. If this
describes you and your relationship, you are at risk.
For local referrals and
confidential counseling, please call New Day Shelter at 715-682-9565 or toll
free 1-800-924-4132, or call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at
A woman is
beaten every 15 seconds. (Bureau of Justice Statistics, Report to the Nation
on Crime and Justice.)
percent of the victims of domestic violence are women. (Violence Against
Women, June 1992, The National Women's Health Resource Center.)
Violence is the leading cause of injury to women between the ages of 15 and
44 in the United States -- more than car accidents, muggings, and rapes
combined. (Uniform Crime Reports, Federal Bureau of Investigation, 1991.)
As many as
one-quarter to two -thirds of battered women report abuse during pregnancy.
(Violence Against Women, June 1992, The National Women's Health Resource
Center.) Battered women are more likely to suffer miscarriages and to give
birth to babies with low birth weights. (Surgeon General, United States,
percent of the young men between the ages of 11 and 20 who are serving time
for homicide have killed their mother's abuser. (March of Dimes, 1992.)
all cultures, races, occupations, income levels, and ages are battered -- by
husbands, boyfriends, lovers, and partners. (Surgeon General Antonia Novello,
as quoted in Domestic Violence: Battered Women, a publication of the
Reference Dept. of the Cambridge Public Library, Cambridge, MA.) One in five women victimized by their spouses or ex-spouses report they had
been victimized over and over again by the same person. (The Basics of
Batterer Treatment, Common Purpose, Inc., Jamaica Plain, MA.) Battering is the establishment of control and fear in a relationship through
violence and other forms of abuse. The batterer uses acts of violence and a
series of behaviors, including intimidation, threats, psychological abuse,
isolation, etc. to coerce and control the other person. The violence may not
happen often, but it remains as a hidden (and constant) terrorizing factor.
(Uniform Crime Reports, Federal Bureau of Investigation, 1990.)
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