Bunny Parkour

Domestic Violence

In Health on October 1, 2011 at 01:18

Domestic Violence

Around the world, at least one in every three women have been beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused during her lifetime.

Nearly 25 percent of american women report being raped and/or physically assaulted by a current or former spouse or partner.

On average, more than three women are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends in this country every day.

Approximately one in five female high school students reports being physically and/or sexually abused by a dating partner.

Eight percent of high school age girls said “yes” when asked if a boyfriend or date has ever forced sex against your will.

As many as 324,000 women each year experience intimate partner violence during their pregnancy.

Women of all races are about equally vulnerable to violence by an intimate partner.

Women are 7 to 14 times more likely than men to report suffering severe physical assaults.

50 percent of the men who frequently assaulted their wives also frequently abused their children.

Slightly more than half of female victims of intimate violence live in households with children under age 12.

Studies suggest that between 3.3 – 10 million children witness some form of domestic violence annually.

Spousal abuse and battery are used for one purpose: to gain and maintain total control over the victim.

In addition to physical violence, abusers also use the

following tactics: dominance, humiliations, isolation, threats, intimidation, and blame.

There are different types of domestic abuse, including emotional, physical, sexual, and economic abuse.

Physical violence is the intentional use of physical force with the potential for causing injury, harm, disability, or death. For example: hitting, shoving, biting, restraint, kicking, or use of a weapon.

Sexual violence is use of physical force to compel a person to engage in a sexual act against their will. (Whether or not the act is completed)

Emotional abuse can include humiliating the victim, controlling what the victim can and cannot do, withholding information from the victim, deliberately doing something to make the victim feel diminished or embarrassed, and/or isolating the victim from friends and family.

Economic abuse is when the abuser has complete control over the victim’s money and other economic resources.

Usually, this involves putting the victim on a strict “allowance,” withholding money and forcing the victim to beg for it.

If you are experiencing any of these signs, leave before it is too late.

It’s scary, but the alternative could be even worse.

No one deserves to be abused.

You are not alone.

Don’t be afraid to go for help.

There are people who can help you change your life.

Break the silence.

This is dedicated to all the women of the world who have had to face domestic abuse in their lifetime. (Men and children, too.)

Stay strong and believe in yourself.

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