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Domestic Abuse Statistics

Domestic abuse has taken place throughout the world since the dawn of human civilization. Needless to say, nobody wants domestic abuse to happen, but the truth of the matter is, it does. Domestic abuse statistics can help shed light on what goes on with people around the country and if there is any sort of trend that seems to shape the way people act in certain regions, or if there really is no pattern at all. Hopefully, looking at such statistics can make it possible to prevent future domestic abuse and keep more and more family members safe and in a loving family environment.

|SEE ALSO: Domestic Violence|

Common Victims of Domestic Abuse Statistics

While domestic abuse can happen to just about anyone, the majority of cases occur with women. In fact, over the course of their lives, one in every four women experiences some sort of domestic violence. Whether this is growing up as a child or in their adult years, women are more likely to be a target. More than four million physical assaults and rapes occur to women annually. Surprisingly, three million men fall victim to physical assault and rape during the same time frame as well, although fewer men come out and admit rape or a domestic abuse case actually transpired. Our article Domestic Violence Against Men Around the World discusses this issue further.

While 25 percent more physical assaults do involve women, women are also more likely to be murdered by their partners, and women in the age range of 20 to 24 fall within the demographic of the highest at risk of becoming a victim of domestic violence. Over the course of a year, one out of every three women who is murdered is murdered by a former or current partner. This is why so much attention is usually placed on the husband, boyfriend or a former fling from the past during investigations.

Indirect Victims

Beyond the common, direct victim, indirect victims are always present with any and every sort of domestic abuse case. Every single year, around three million children witness violence right inside of their homes. This domestic violence they experience can often have a rather grave side effect, as they are more likely to do the exact same thing once they are in a relationship or have children of their own. On top of it all, a child who lives in a home with domestic violence is also going to suffer from neglect and abuse anywhere from 30 to 60 percent of the time. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) publishes updated statistics regularly that are nothing short of shocking.

These children are also more likely to suffer from health problems and complain of frequent headaches, stomach aches, and fatigue, and can often come across as lethargic. They might also find themselves on the receiving end of domestic violence, as most are willing to stand up and try to protect or intervene with one of the parents, which makes them likely to sustain significant injuries in the process. This places the child not only at a greater risk of suffering an injury, but possibly death as well.

The Consequences of Domestic Abuse

Domestic abuse is not just a violent act against an individual; it doesn’t end there. There are many prolonged and drawn out consequences of domestic violence that fall on all involved parties. The fact of the matter is that over 60 percent of domestic violence occurs at home, between family members, with the majority of these attacks occurring between the hours of 6 PM and 5 AM, so if there are children in the family, they are most likely going to see it.

With so much violence, it often forces spouses to move out of the house in fear for their lives. As a result, and according to this press release published by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, domestic violence is the third highest cause of homelessness in the country, especially among families. In fact, just in the city of New York, 25 percent of the homeless population were formally the head of a household and are homeless now because of domestic violence.

Those numbers show more how domestic violence affects the people who cause it, but that does not deny that it has drastic and lingering effects on those who are on the receiving end of it as well. People who survive domestic violence experience a higher rate of sleep disturbances, anxiety, depression and a wide range of other emotional disorders and distresses. It can cause poor health, where chronic conditions including heart disease and gastrointestinal disorders start to develop and are much more serious due to the experienced physical abuse.

Isolation and Repetition

With the majority of women being the focus of domestic violence, they usually have fewer resources to help them out. The men who cause the domestic violence are typically extremely demanding and prevent the women from going out or making new friends or having any contacts outside of the family. This makes it difficult to actually seek help from anyone. Additionally, many women who end up in the emergency room because of domestic violence do not have the financial resource to pay for their medical treatment. They also do not have the external social contacts they can seek to bring in help or to even ask for a ride home.

Young girls who witness domestic violence growing up are more likely to suffer from violence themselves as they advance into their teenage years, and as adults as well. This can simply be due to becoming used to the situation and seeing their mothers go through the same issue. It leaves a lasting mental and emotional imprint on the girl, making it difficult to ever avoid the same thing happening to her.

On the other hand, when a boy witnesses physical abuse as a child, he is more likely to cause domestic violence with his partner or children as an adult. When a boy witnesses domestic violence inside of his family, he is twice as likely to do the same thing with his own family once he is old enough. Essentially, once domestic violence starts in a family, it becomes a cycle of violence and continues on with the next generation. This is why it is so important to stop it once it starts and to bring in assistance to the family. This article on PreventionAction.org discusses inheriting violence in more detail and how to prevent it.

Additional Statistics

There are further statistics to point out how big of a problem domestic violence really is in the United States. This is not to say the US is alone with the violence though, as many other first world countries experience the same kind of issues. Our articles Domestic Violence in the United Kingdom and Domestic Violence in Australia show examples of such cases. Even more industrial nations and wealthy countries such as Saudi Arabia and the UAE do not even report violence towards women as, in many cases, it simply goes undetected or nothing is done about it, even if it is brought to light.

In the United States though, a women is beaten or assaulted every nine seconds. In the entire world, a third of all women have experienced abuse in their lifetime, including being physically assaulted or being forced into sex. The majority of these women are abused by people inside their own families. More women are injured due to domestic violence than the sum of all car accidents, rapes and muggings. In the United States, three women are murdered every single day by their male significant other and, in general, 92 percent of all women in a recent survey stated reducing domestic violence as their top priority, above the reduction of any other form of violence and other ideal improvements to the country.

On top of the violence that occurs to women, it is believed that 10 million children witness different forms of domestic violence each and every year, with one in five teenage girls stating they have been in a relationship where the boyfriend threatened either violence to the girl or self-harm if she ever broke up with him.

Effects on the Economy

Domestic violence is also extremely expensive. In the United States, the cost of partner violence is $5.9 billion annually, with $4.1 billion coming in the form of medical care and treatment for the individual and the other $1.8 billion coming in the form of a loss of productivity at work. This article on DomesticShelters.org sheds more light on the impact of domestic violence on the economy.

Domestic violence is a very serious issue that occurs not only inside the United States but around the world. However, with domestic violence statistics, it shows just how many problems it causes, with women standing as the primary recipient of domestic violence. It also shows that once the violence starts inside of a household, it is likely going to linger on in future generations as boys eventually continue what their fathers did, and girls are likely to fall into abusive relationships themselves. It all points to the need to reduce violence inside of the family and to educate and rehabilitate those who experience it.

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