Domestic violence stories have been all over the news recently. It’s important to understand domestic violence and be able to recognize it in your own relationship or in a loved one’s relationship so you can get proper help.
Many people don’t realize how common domestic violence is, because so many victims are afraid to speak up. Here is the startling truth about domestic violence:
- 1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence during their lifetime.
- Each year, more than 3 million children witness domestic violence in their home.
- Domestic violence is the third leading cause of homelessness among families.
- Domestic violence costs more than $37 billion a year in law enforcement involvement, legal work, medical and mental health treatment, and lost productivity at companies.
- Women are not the only victims of domestic violence – men experience almost 3 million physical assaults each year.
- 1 in 3 female homicide victims are murdered by their partner of former partner.
Source: Safe Horizon
Signs of Domestic Abuse
Many victims of domestic violence don’t realize that their relationship is abusive until it’s too late. Here are some signs to look for in your own relationship or in a friend or family member’s relationship that you suspect may be abusive:
- Do you feel afraid of your partner?
- Does your partner humiliate and criticize you?
- Do you wonder if you’re really the crazy one?
- Is your partner overly jealous, possessive or controlling?
- Does your partner have a bad and unpredictable temper?
- Do you avoid certain topics out of fear of angering your partner?
If you are a victim of domestic violence and want to seek help, you can call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-888-799-7233.