Domestic Violence is a pattern of coercive behavior characterized by the domination and control of one person over another person, usually and intimate partner, through physical, psychological, emotional, verbal, sexual, and or economic abuse.
Facts About Domestic Violence
- 1 out of every 4 American women report that they have been physically abused by a husband or boyfriend.
- Every 15 seconds a woman is battered in the United States by her boyfriend, husband, or live in partner.
- Women are 85 - 95% of the victims of intimate violence.
- At least 25% of domestic violence victims are pregnant when beaten.
- At least 3.3 million children between the ages of 13 and 19 are at risk of exposure to parental violence each year.
- Between 50 - 70% of men who abuse their female partners also abuse their children.
- One third of high school and college students experience violence in an intimate relationship during their dating years.