Domestic violence is the mistreatment of a significant other or family member by someone
with whom the victim has an intimate or familiar past or present relationship. This
includes mates, spouses, children, the elderly, a person who has resided or is residing
in the household, ex-spouses or partner and individuals who share a child in common.
Domestic violence may include emotional abuse, physical abuse, economic abuse, sexual
abuse, using children, threats, using male privilege, intimidation, isolation, and a
variety of other behaviors used to maintain fear, intimidation, power and control. For
more information on domestic violence please visit either the
Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence or the
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence websites
Below are some statistics on domestic violence.
- Domestic violence can happen to anyone. It is not limited to factors such as age, race, social or economic status
- 97% of domestic violence victims are women
- According to FBI statistics...an incident of domestic violence occurs every 9 seconds in this country
- As violence against women becomes more severe and more frequent in the home, children experience a 300% increase in physical violence by the male batterer
- 4,000 women are killed each year by an intimidate partner, of those, 75% were killed after leaving the abusive relationship
- Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women between the ages of 15 to 44, more common than automobile accidents, muggings and rapes combined
- More than 4 million incidents of domestic violence against women are reported every year
- Every year, domestic violence results in almost 100,000 days of hospitalizations, almost 30,000 emergency room visits, and almost 40,000 visits to a physician
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