Domestic Violence Facts
Determining the existence of domestic violence is difficult unless the incident is documented and many are not. What we do know, however, is that there are almost 1,200 victims of physical violence from an intimate partner every hour of the day. Many who witness these displays are silent about the abuse that occurs during these bouts of anger and lack of control. The mental abuse, that is one of the quiet side effects of domestic violence, is not visible on the skin or faces of those who are caught up in the destructive nature of this behavior.
According to domestic violence statistics, children witness instances of domestic violence three to ten million times per year, depending on your source. In the United States, more than sixty percent of domestic violence occurs in their homes. Abuse and neglect of these children ranges from thirty to sixty percent and younger women between the ages of twenty and twenty-four are at the greatest risk of becoming a victim of domestic violence.
Anyone can be a victim of Domestic Violence
As you can see, domestic violence can affect you regardless of your gender, race, religion or sexual orientation. More than four million women are victims of rape and physical assault annually and men are physically assaulted almost three million times per year. However, these are only the incidents that have become statistics due to the knowledge of their occurrence. Many cases of domestic violence are not known about because of the shame that keeps victims of these occurrences quiet.
The 2013 domestic violence facts from the National Network to End Domestic Violence states that 66,581 victims, comprised of 19,431 children and 16,917 adults, sought refuge in transitional housing and emergency shelters, provided by concerned citizens in local communities.That is more people than reside in Daytona Beach, Florida.
The domestic violence stats for the same day indicated that 9,641 of requests that were made for housing advocacy, financial assistance and legal aide, that could not be provided. This was in one day. Add that up and you have 3.2 million incidents annually were the homeless, some of whom are victims of domestic violence, cannot receive help with necessities.This is a snap shot of one day in the life of the victims of domestic violence.
Domestic Violence Facts – 2013 & 2014
- Most incidents of domestic violence are never reported
- Up to ten million children per year witness domestic violence abuse
- Eight million days of available paid working days are lost per year due to domestic violence
- Men who witness domestic violence as children are two times more likely to be abusive as adults than are the sons of nonviolent parents from more stable families.
- The husband or boyfriend in domestic violence situations, murder more than three women per day in the U.S.
- Ten countries have reported that between fifty-five and ninety-five percent of women never contacted the police, a shelter or a non-governmental agency after an incident of physical abuse by their partner
- More women are injured in incidents of domestic violence than are injured in rapes, muggings or automobile accidents.
Effects of Domestic Violence
Homelessness is a very evident fact of domestic violence and contending with the number of people who are displaced on a daily basis is underfunded and to a large degree ignored, by most in our country. Ten million incidents are year effects three percent of the population but that is only the incidents that we know about.
The national cost from the effects of domestic violence can be measured in lives that are affected as well as dollars. With an annual cost closing in on $50 billion dollars, domestic violence puts a financial burden on law enforcement, the legal system, lost productivity at the jobs of the affected, as well as the cost of mental health and medical treatment.
Domestic violence facts and statistics at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the third leading cause of homelessness is a direct result of domestic violence among families. Twenty five percent of the homeless in New York City are due to domestic violence incidents.
Many survivors of domestic violence develop health problems due to the environment that they have been in. High rates of depression, anxiety, sleep disturbances, as well as other emotional issues can be traced to their witnessing violence in their homes. Boys who have been victims of domestic violence are much more likely to become abusers of their spouses and/or children, once they reach adulthood. Girls often become more vulnerable to domestic violence in their teens and as adults, when they are victims of domestic abuse.
Awareness – The first Line for Prevention
We know that the problem of domestic violence and we know some of the outcomes of the behavior of domestic violence but what to do about it? Making yourself and others, familiar with domestic violence awareness facts is the first move toward prevention. If you are a victim, find a local group that will support you while you are going through this difficult time in your life. There is help available if you ask.
Victims of domestic violence do not wear signs denoting their plight. If you perceive that, someone needs help, be nosy and ask them. Better to offend them by being wrong than by saying nothing and finding that your intuition was right. This is a serious public health issue in our country and we often lack the facilities to house and feed the number people who become homeless due to domestic violence.
Stop Domestic Violence
Programs for domestic violence prevention and resources for those who are victims are prevalent in many communities. However, they are often woefully underfunded, and under staffed and struggle to adequately assist everyone who has a need. The mental health challenges of all involved in these situations is often lacking. On the other hand, the individuals that are often in these situations will deny that there is a problem, further exacerbating the problem.
Education and awareness are the strongest method to stop domestic violence and end the pain that it incurs in its victims. Sadly, the children are often the ones who fall between the cracks and become collateral damage of the behaviors of the adults in their lives and housing for them with their parents is a need.
There are more shelters for domestic animals in the U.S. then there are women’s shelters and shelter’s for misplace parents with children!
There are not enough shelters for parents with children who find themselves on the street with nowhere to go due to the results of domestic violence. It has been much of the private sector, local businesses and benefactors that have helped with agencies who help those in need with no place for them or their children to live. The state and federal governments have programs for the homeless and advocates for those of domestic violence but even their vast resources are not filling the needs of all who find themselves in a bad situation with, no roof, no food, very few if any personal possessions and often no car.
Children need to know that there are adults that can and will help them if they are in a situation where the fall out of domestic violence is affecting them. Teachers and those in the medical profession are taught the signs of abuse from domestic violence situations. Many children, though, are never seen by these public servants, which leaves it up to the public to make themselves aware of the issue, how to spot a problem and know who to report an incident or apparent incident to. Awareness and prevention are the key to helping end the epidemic of domestic violence in today’s world.