Domestic Violence​​

Identifying Domestic Violence

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) domestic violence is defined as the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another. Domestic violence includes physical violence, sexual violence, psychological violence, and emotional abuse. Though the frequency and severity of domestic violence vary, a common reason for domestic violence is one partner’s consistent efforts to maintain power and control over the victim.

Sadly, a common situation in immigrant families is the wife being beaten by their husband and threatened with deportation or the removal of their kids if they call the police. If the police do show up, these abused women and children often have difficulty speaking to them because of a language barrier. Additionally, family members often shame women and children who speak out “against their own family”, causing further emotional and mental anguish in these victims.

Because of their language barrier and social pressure within their family, suffering women and children in minority communities often lack the resources and assistance to escape dangerous situations. Choice Women Empowerments’ goal is to provide these vital resources, help victims regain control of their lives, and live productive lives.

There are many reasons why domestic violence is underreported in communities:

  1. Due to a language barrier
  2. The guilt associated with bringing shame to the family
  3. The victim has no identity outside of their relationship with their family (wife, daughter, etc.)
  4. Many cultural traditions encourage violence as an act of love and normal affection. As a result, children grow up equating beating with love and abusers feel justified in their abuse.

National Statistics On Domestic Violence

On average, 24 people per minute are victims of rape, physical violence or stalking by an intimate partner in the United States — more than 12 million women and men during a year.

Nearly 3 in 10 women (29%) and 1 in 10 men (10%) in the US have experienced rape, physical violence or stalking by a partner and report a related impact on their functioning.

Nearly, 15% of women (14.8%) and 4% of men have been injured as a result of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) that included rape, physical violence or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime.

1 in 4 women (24.3%) and 1 in 7 men (13.8%) aged 18 and older in the United States have been the victim of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime.

Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) alone affects more than 12 million per year.

More than 1 in 3 women (35.6%) and more than 1 in 4 men (28.5%) in the United States have experienced rape, physical violence or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime.

Nearly half of all women and men in the United States have experienced psychological aggression by an intimate partner in their lifetime (48.4% and 48.8%, respectively).

Females ages 18 to 24 and 25 to 34 generally experienced the highest rates of intimate partner violence.

From 1994 to 2010, about 4 in 5 victims of intimate partner violence were female.

Most female victims of intimate partner violence were victimized by the same offender, including 77% of females ages 18 to 24, 76% of females ages 25 to 34, and 81% of females ages 35 to 49.



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