Nearly 1.3 million women and about 835,000 men are assaulted by their partner every year in the United States
New York, NY (PRWEB) October 30, 2012
Domestic violence is a tragedy in the United States and around the rest of the world. Even with increased penalties, changes to custody laws, and increased awareness through community efforts, domestic violence remains a pressing issue in the United States.
Shocking Domestic Violence Statistics
The American Bar Association and the Department of Justice provide the following statistics about domestic violence:
- about 25 percent of women and 7.6 percent of men are raped or physically assaulted by their spouse, partner, or dating partner in their lifetime
- nearly 1.3 million women and about 835,000 men are assaulted by their partner every year in the United States
The following statistics were provided by the Safe Horizon Organization:
- women between the ages of 20 and 24 are the most likely to become victims of domestic violence
- 1 in 3 women killed by homicide are murdered by their current or former partner
- 3 million children in the United States witness domestic violence every year
- 25% of now homeless and former heads of households in New York City were the victim of domestic violence
According to a National Women’s Study that sampled a total of 4,008 women, 13 percent of all adult women become rape victims during their lifetime. About 9 percent of the female victims were raped by their husbands or ex-husbands, nearly 10 percent were raped by their boyfriends or ex-boyfriends. Additionally, 11 percent of the female victims were raped by their fathers or stepfathers, and 16 percent were raped by other relatives.
Who to Call if You’re a Victim
If you’re a victim, don’t wait. Call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at (800) 799-SAFE(7233). You can learn more about this hotline at domestic-violence.laws.com, or you can visit thehotline.org.
How Laws.com is Confronting Domestic Violence
It’s a goal of Laws.com to increase awareness about domestic violence and encourage victims to report the heinous crimes committed against them.
To confront the continuing problem in the United States, Laws.com released the domain domestic-violence.laws.com to increase awareness about domestic violence and provide advice to victims. Unfortunately, too many victims are unaware they are victims or do not know where to turn. Awareness is the first step to recovering as a victim and stopping domestic violence in your community, and domestic-violence.laws.com provides comprehensive information about domestic violence law.
The website provides basic definitions of domestic abuse and violence, and well as different kinds of abuse. The ‘Important Information’ section provides information that everyone should know in case they are ever confronted with domestic violence or witness the crime.
You can also learn about different types of domestic violence, the Domestic Violence Act, and steps you can take if you’re victim in other sections.