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Domestic Violence


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 intimate 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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If you or someone you know has been a victim of domestic violence please call our crisis line at 334-793-2232. Help is available 24/7.

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