It is important to know the warning signs to prevent more serious harm.
With one in four women victimized by domestic violence in her lifetime, each of us knows someone who has been affected, whether we know it or not.
The majority of victims of domestic violence are women, although men can also be victimized. Those men who are victimized include both men who experience intimate partner violence in gay relationships and men who are battered by a female partner.
Women with fewer resources or greater perceived vulnerability, including girls and those experiencing physical or psychiatric disabilities or living below the poverty line, are at the greatest risk for domestic violence and lifetime abuse.
However, whether physical violence happens once a week, or once a year, it’s still violence and doesn’t belong in a healthy relationship.
Domestic violence affects men, women, teen girls and boys, in both a heterosexual and homosexual relationships.
Dating abuse ranks dead last on a list of topics parents most commonly discuss with their teens: school/grades (95%), money (90%), the economy (83%), family finances (78%), dating relationships (72%), alcohol (71%), drugs (71%), sex (64%) and dating abuse (31%). 52% of college students know someone in an abusive relationship yet only 8% see it as a major campus problem and many don’t intervene for the following reasons: think it will make the matter worse (62%), feel it is not their business (60%), think it will hurt their relationship with the victim (60%), they know the abuser (56%), and afraid the abuser might make their life more difficult (56%). Conducted by Knowledge Networks, (December 2010), “College Dating Violence and Abuse Poll”. Conducted by Tru Insight, (June 2009), “Teen Dating Abuse Report”.
Teens that have witnessed violence within their own family are 50% more likely to be involved in an abusive relationship themselves. Violent relationships in formative years can have serious ramifications by putting the victims at higher risk for substance abuse, eating disorders, risky sexual behaviors and further domestic violence. Dating Violence and Sexually Transmitted Disease/HIV Testing and Diagnosis Among Adolescent Females.
Teens Immigrant Communities Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Community Women with Disabilities Elderly Women Employees/Colleagues Teens – with technology at their fingertips – are increasingly vulnerable to dating violence.The survivor may be a family member, a coworker, someone who worships with you, a friend, or an acquaintance.Domestic violence occurs in every culture, country, and age group.43% of college women report experiencing abusive dating behaviors including physical, sexual, tech, verbal or controlling abuse; the most common abusive behavior experience is controlling behavior (32%), physical (22%) and sexual (22%). Conducted by Knowledge Networks, (December 2010), “College Dating Violence and Abuse Poll”. Conducted by Tru Insight, (June 2009), “Teen Dating Abuse Report”.Teens report an even higher occurrence of abusive dating behaviors including physical, sexual, tech, verbal or controlling abuse; the most common abusive behavior experience is controlling behavior (47%), physical/sexual (29%) and tech (24%). Threats of suicide or self-harm is the leading reason why a college student who is an abused partner stays in the relationship (24%).