WHEN NO ONE HEEDS THE WARNINGS!


PREVALENCE OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE


♦ A woman is beaten every 15 seconds.
(Uniform Crime Reports, Federal Bureau of Investigation, 1991)

♦ By the most conservative estimate, each year 1 million women suffer nonfatal violence by an intimate. (Bureau of Justice Statistics Special Report: Violence Against Women: Estimates from the Redesigned Survey (NCJ-154348), August 1995, p. 3)

♦ Estimates range from 960,000 incidents of violence against a current of former spouse, boyfriend, or girlfriend per year to 3.9 million women who are physically abused by their husbands or live-in partners per year. (“First Comprehensive National Health Survey of American Women,” Commonwealth Fund, July 1993)

♦ Approximately 1.5 million women are physically assaulted by an intimate partner annually in the U.S. Since many women experience multiple victimization’s every year, an estimated 5.9 million physical assaults are perpetrated against U.S women annually.(National Institute of Justice and Centers for Disease Control, National Violence AgainstWomen Survey, 1998)

♦ The American Medical Association now estimates that almost 4 million women are victims of severe assaults by boyfriends and husbands each year and about one in four women is likely to be abused by a partner in her lifetime. (Sarah Glazer, “Violence Against Women”, CQ Researcher, Congressional Quarterly,Inc., Vol. 3 No.8, February 1993, p. 171)

♦ Victims of family violence are overwhelmingly female- 71% for family violence versus 58% for all other types of violence. (Federal Bureau of Investigation. 17 October 1999. Crime in the United States, Uniform Crime Reports, 1998. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Justice)

♦ Each day, more than three women in the United States are murdered by a male intimate partner. (United States Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, Violence by Intimates, 2000)

Intimate partners murdered 1,218 women during 1999. From 1993 to 1999intimates killed 45% of all female murder victims age 20-24. (Bureau of Justice Statistics Special Reports: Intimate Partner Violence and Age of Victim, 1993-1999 (NCJ-187635), October 2001)

Women are more often victims of domestic violence than victims of burglary,mugging, or other physical crimes combined. (“First Comprehensive National Health Survey of American Women,” Commonwealth Fund, July 1993)

♦ In 1992, a congressional report indicated that the most dangerous place in theUnited States for a woman to be is in her home. Former Surgeon General Antonia Novello has labeled domestic violence an epidemic. (Linda Ammons, Discretionary Justice: A Legal and Policy Analysis of a Governor’s Use of Clemency Power in the Cases of Incarcerated Battered Women, Journal of Law and Policy, vol. III., 1994, pp.5-6)

♦ In 1996, approximately, 1,800 murders were attributed to intimates; nearly three out of four of these had a female victim. (U.S Department of Justice, Violence by Intimates: Analysis of Data on Crimes by Current or Former Spouses, Boyfriends, and Girlfriends, March 1998)

Intimate violence is primarily a crime against women. In 1998, females accounted for seventy-five percent of the victims of intimate murders and about eighty-five percent of the victims of non-lethal intimate violence. (Henneberg, M. (August, 2000. Bureau of justice statistics 2000: At a glance.[Publication #NCJ183014]. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics)

Women age 35-49 were the most vulnerable to intimate murder, while females age16 to 24 were the most vulnerable to nonfatal violence. (Bureau of Justice Statistics Special Reports: Intimate Partner Violence and Age of Victim, 1993-1999 (NCJ-187635), October 2001)

Nearly twenty-five percent of surveyed women and 7.5 percent surveyed men said they were raped and/or physically assaulted by a current spouse, cohabiting partner, or date in their lifetime. (Tjaden, P. & Thoennes, N. (July 2000). Extent, nature, and consequences of intimate partner violence findings from the National Violence Against Women Survey.(Publication #NCJ181867). National Institute of Justice and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Washington, DC:Office of Justice Programs)

28% of all annual violence against women is perpetuated by intimates. 5% of all annual violence against men is perpetuated by intimates. (Tjaden, P. & Thoennes, N. (July 2000). Extent, nature, and consequences of intimate partner violence findings from the National Violence Against Women Survey. (Publication #NCJ181867). National Institute of Justice and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Washington, DC:Office of Justice Programs)

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