You Could Be In Danger

Today there is so much stress in our lives that it is causing so many families to be torn apart. More and more violence is occurring in our homes and in our schools. Please read this and we hope that the information will help you to be aware. According to the National Domestic Violence Hotline domestic violence is up and  today the statistics prove it out. Intimate partner violence affects more than 12 million people every year. Almost half of all women and men in America alone have experienced psychological  aggression by an intimate partner in their lifetime. Women ages 18-34 generally experience the highest rate of intimate partner violence. 30-60 % of intimate partner violence perpetrators also abused children in the household. 22 % of children have witnessed violence toward  a parent’s intimate partner.  40% of child abuse  victims also report experiencing experience domestic abuse. According to the US Advisory Board on Child Abuse and Neglect, domestic violence maybe the single major pre cursers to fatalities from child abuse and neglect in America. Almost 10% of high school students reported being hit, slapped, or physically hurt, intentionally by their partner in the last 12 months. 

1 in 10 high school students has experienced physical violence from a dating partner in the past year.  43% of dating college women report experiencing violent and abusive dating behavior including physical, sexual, digital, verbal, or other controlling abuse. 29% of college women say they’ve been in an abusive dating relationship.  57% say that their abuse took place while in college.  38% say that they do not know what to do to get help for themselves if they experience dating abuse, and 58% don’t know what to do to help someone else who is a victim of dating abuse. Over half of college students say it is difficult to identify dating abuse. 16 % of women and 5% of men in America have been a victim of stalking at some point during their lifetime in which they felt fearful or believed that they or someone close to them would be harmed or killed. Most common stalking tactics experienced by both women and men victims of stalking were repeated unwanted phone calls, voice or text messages.

Survivors are 2 times more likely to develop symptoms of depression and 3 times more likely to develop a major depressive order. Survivors are 3 times more likely to engage in self- harming behaviors, 3 times more likely to have suicidal thoughts and 4 times more likely to attempt suicide. 3 times more likely to be diagnosed with anxiety disorder and 6 times more likely to have a substance use disorder. The presence of a gun in domestic violence situations increases the risk of homicide for women 500%.  More than half of women are killed by gun violence by a family member or intimate partner.

If you or someone you know is going through a Domestic Violence crisis or any other crisis visit the “First Aid Kit” on this website.

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