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Domestic Violence
Domestic Violence is primarily abuse and violence against women. That is not to say that men are not victims of domestic violence but the majority of victims are women, in part because of historical societal attitudes that allow it to occur.

“When men are oppressed, it’s a tragedy. Then women are oppressed, it’s a tradition.”
Bernadette Mosala

DYNAMICS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
  • Domestic Violence is primarily abuse and violence against women.
  • In 2001, women accounted for 85% of the victims of domestic violence.
  • Worldwide, at least one in three women have been beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused during her lifetime.
  • As many as 324,000 women each year experience intimate partner violence during their pregnancy.
  • On average, more than three women are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends in the United States everyday.
  • Domestic Violence is the leading cause of injury to women between the ages of 15 and 44 in the U.S.
  • Pregnant and recently pregnant women are more likely to be victims of homicide than to die of any other cause.
  • Approximately one in five female high school students report being physically and/or sexually abused by a dating partner.
  • The batterer’s use of violence is a choice.
  • The batterer’s use of violence is used to gain and/or maintain power and control over the victim. * The victim may experience a period of denial and use survival strategies.
  • Batterer’s continue to use violence if not held accountable for the abuse and violence.
  • Many batterer’s repeat their pattern of control in all intimate relationships, past and future.

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