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ABOUT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
YOU COULD BE IN AN ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIP IF....
• You constantly worry about your partner’s moods and change your behavior to deal with them;
• You feel like you’re walking on egg shells;
• Your partner seems like two different people;
• You are afraid of your partner’s temper;
• You don’t see family or friends to avoid your partner’s jealousy or anger;
• Your partner wants to control where you go and what you do;
• Your partner wants to be needed for money, or wants to control your money;
• You are constantly accused of having affairs;
• You are ridiculed, put down or humiliated;
• You find yourself doing anything to avoid anger;
• Your boyfriend is so jealous & bossy that dating is scary;
• Your partner blames you for all the failures in the relationship;
• You are accused of being to blame for your partner’s pain;
• Your partner screams at you, throws things, breaks or steals your things;
• Your partner hurts you in anger or in "play";
• Your partner slaps, pulls, shoves, hits, kicks, burns, punches or restrains you;
• Your partner threatens you with a weapon;
• Your partner uses alcohol, drugs, or having a bad childhood as excuses for abusive behavior;
• Your partner pressures you about having sex or about a particular sex act;
• Your partner hurts you during sex or forces you to do sexual things against your will...
Facts about Domestic Violence in US and Pennsylvania
•The Pennsylvania State Police reported in 1990 that 39 percent of all women who were victims of homicide in the Commonwealth were victims of domestic violence.
•In 1993, 32,795 Protection From Abuse orders were filed throughout Commonwealth Courts.
•According to newspaper reports, on average an adult or child dies every three days in Pennsylvania as the result of a domestic violence related crime.
•In 1992, the Pennsylvania Blue Shield Institute estimates the total annual medical cost of domestic violence in PA at $326.6 million - more than the total medical costs for elder abuse, child abuse and street violence combined.
•According to a 1995 study by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine:
- one in three women is a victim of domestic abuse;
- one in every 20 women had experienced violence in the previous year;
- one of every five had experienced violence in her adult life;
- one in every three had experienced violence as either a child or an adult.
•42% of murdered women are killed by their intimate male partners;
•In 1992, 7% of American women (3.9 million) who were married or living with someone as a couple was physically abused, and 37% were verbally or emotionally abused by their partner or spouse.
•About 1 in 5 women victimized by their spouse or ex-spouses reported that they had been a victim of a series of at least 3 assaults in the last 6 months.
•A woman is physically abused by her husband every 9 seconds in the United States.
•One in every 3 dating relationships is violent;
•60% of women in abusive marriages say that physical violence began during dating;
•Over 90% of the injuries in dating violence occur to the woman in the relationship;
•Only 5% of teens who are battered by their dating partners ever call the police;
•33% of teenage girls report physical violence from their date;
•Physical violence occurs at a rate of approximately 20-50% in college dating relationships.
Impacting every community
Domestic violence occurs regardless of age, race, ethnicity, mental or physical ability, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status and religious background. Victims come from all walks of life but most often are women.
Power and control
Battering constitutes a pattern of behavior that includes the use or threat of violence and intimidation for the purpose of gaining power and controlling another person.
Loss of personal freedom
Domestic violence robs women of their fundamental right to maintain control over their own lives. Women who are abused live in fear and isolation in the one place they should always feel safe - their own homes.
The harm to children
Like adult victims, children who witness domestic violence experience a great deal of fear and have multiple ways of expressing it. The negative effects of the abuse can be seen in a wide range of cognitive, psychological and physical symptoms. (Jaffe, P., Wolfe, D., & Wilson, & Children of Battered Women. 1990.)
An estimated 3.3 to 10 million U.S. children are at risk for witnessing domestic violence annually. Researchers say these children are at an increased risk of being abused themselves.(Edleson, J. & PeIed, E. Small Group Intervention with Children of Battered Women. Violence Update Vol.4(9), May 1994.)
Available evidence from shelters and domestic violence programs indicates that 50% to 60% of child witnesses to domestic violence have also been physically abused. (Hughes, H. M. Impact of Spouse Abuse on Children of Battered Women. Violence Update, Vol.2(12), Aug.1992.)
Work offers no escape
Domestic violence directly affects workplaces when batterers attack, stalk or harass women at work. In one study over half the battered women surveyed reported that their abusers harassed them at work. (Bureau of National Affairs, violence and Stress: The Work/Family Connection, Aug.1990.)
Husbands and boyfriends commit an estimated 13,000 acts of violence against women in the workplace each year. (U.S. Department of Justice, 1994.)
The effects of domestic violence on the workplace are far-reaching and can result in:
• increased security needs
• rising medical costs
• reduced job performance
• loss of experienced employees
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