Domestic Violence cuts across all age groups and social classes. It involves the mistreatment of one family member by another, or by persons who live together. Domestic Violence also includes those individuals who were involved in a relationship in the past.
Domestic Violence includes physical abuse, emotional and/or verbal abuse, threats, humiliation, destruction of property and pets, and much more.
Most importantly, Domestic Violence can kill!
- Domestic Violence is the leading cause of injury to women between the ages of 18 and 55 in the United States.
- 95% of all Domestic Violence cases are committed by men against women.
- Domestic Violence can be deadly; 30% of the women who are murdered in this country are killed by their husbands, ex-husbands, boyfriends, or ex-boyfriends.
- Women and their children are often victims within the same family. In addition, children who witness violence in the home are at high risk of becoming abusive themselves.