Domestic Abuse

The term “domestic” and “abroad” are familiar to most readers when used in the context of our military as the protectors of our person, liberty and territory both foreign and domestic.  The family is much like the domestic territory of our great nation but the protection of the family first must come from the individuals entrusted with the privilege of comprising the family.  Each person who resides in a home are mandated by the rules of family to adhere to the covenant of doing each other no harm.  Sadly the data shows that “domestic abuse” within families are just as likely to originate from within the home as it is from outside, in that land we call “foreign.”

For additional information, please see the provided below report from The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS):

On average, 24 people per minute are victims of rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner in the United States, based on a survey conducted in 2010. Over the course of a year, that equals more than 12 million women and men. Those numbers only tell part of the story—more than 1 million women are raped in a year and over 6 million women and men are victims of stalking in a year. These findings emphasize that sexual violence, stalking, and intimate partner violence are important and widespread public health problems in the United States.

Highlights of 2010 Findings
Sexual violence, stalking, and intimate partner violence are widespread in the United States. The findings in this report underscore the heavy toll of this violence, the immediate impacts of victimization, and the lifelong health consequences.
Women are disproportionally affected by sexual violence, intimate
partner violence and stalking.
• 1.3 million women were raped during the year preceding the survey.
• Nearly 1 in 5 women have been raped in their lifetime while 1 in 71 men have
been raped in their lifetime.
• 1 in 6 women have been stalked during their lifetime. 1 in 19 men have
experienced stalking in their lifetime.
• 1 in 4 women have been the victim of severe physical violence by an intimate
partner while 1 in 7 men experienced severe physical violence by an intimate
partner.
• 81% of women who experienced rape, stalking or physical violence by an intimate partner reported significant short or long term impacts related to the violence
experienced in this relationship such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) symptoms and injury while 35% of men report such impacts of their experiences.
• Women who had experienced rape or stalking by any perpetrator or physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime were more likely than women who did not experience these forms of violence to report having asthma, diabetes, and irritable bowel syndrome.
• Men and women who experienced these forms of violence were more likely to report frequent headaches, chronic pain, difficulty with sleeping, activity limitations, poor physical health and poor mental health than men and
women who did not experience these forms of violence. Female victims of intimate partner violence experienced different patterns of violence than male victims.
• Female victims experienced multiple forms of these
types of violence; male victims most often experienced physical violence.

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