Domestic violence is a serious problem in the U.S. that can take many different forms. The types of abuse include physical (hitting, slapping, shoving, etc.), sexual (coercion of sexual contact or behavior without consent, marital rape), emotional (undermining partner’s sense of self-worth or self-esteem), economic (attempting maintain total control over financial resources) and psychological (causing fear by intimidation).
Domestic violence does not discriminate, and approximately 33 million Americans admit they have been the victims of domestic violence. Half of men who frequently assault their wives also frequently assault their children, creating a very dangerous and unhealthy living environment. Men who witnessed domestic violence as children are twice as likely to abuse their wives than those who grew up in nonviolent households. Women who witnessed domestic violence are more vulnerable to becoming victims as teens and adults. Believe it or not—domestic violence is the third leading cause of homelessness among families.
Due to domestic violence, three women and one man are murdered by their partners every day. The cost of domestic violence is staggering. About $4.1 billion is spent every year for direct medical and mental health care services for victims. Domestic violence victims lose nearly eight million days of paid work each year.
Do you know anyone who is the victim of domestic violence but hasn’t come forward? Please check out the infographic below to learn which hotlines to call for help.
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