Combating Domestic Violence

Throughout the USA, October is recognized as Domestic Violence Awareness month.  Question, who even knew that October is Domestic Violence Awareness month that is reading this blog?  What events take place in your community that makes Domestic Violence Awareness month something that makes you want to remember it next October with the same anticipation that one might look forward to next years 4th of July, Memorial Day, Thanksgiving, or Christmas?  Below I have posted some statistics from the Colorado Bar Association which define Domestic Violence in terms of who is impacted by the violence taking place in what should be the most nurturing place and that is the home.

Current Domestic Violence Statistics (Nationally and Locally)

National Statistics

  • 85% of victims of domestic violence are women and 15% are men (1999)
  • 32% of all women killed were victims of intimate partner homicide (1999)
  • 4% of all men killed were victims of intimate partner homicide (1999)
  • 8 million days of paid work are lost by victims of domestic violence, this is the equivalent of 32,114 full-time jobs each year
  • $4.1 billion is the estimated annual cost of health care due to Domestic Violence

The Center For Disease Control in Atlanta, Georgia released the following information about how just an average person can help prevent domestic violence in their own community.

Photo: A man and woman

A key strategy in preventing intimate partner violence is the promotion of respectful, nonviolent intimate partner relationships through individual, community, and societal level change.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is committed to ensuring all Americans, especially those at risk for intimate partner violence (IPV), live their lives to their fullest potential. A key strategy in preventing IPV is the promotion of respectful, nonviolent intimate partner relationships through individual, community, and societal level change.

Intimate Partner Violence as a Public Health Problem

Intimate partner violence includes physical violence, sexual violence, threats of physical or sexual violence, and emotional abuse by a current or former spouse or non-marital partner. IPV exists along a continuum from a single episode of violence to ongoing battering.

IPV facts:

  • In 2007, 2349 people in the United States died at the hands of an intimate partner.
  • The National Violence Against Women survey found that 22.1% of women and 7.4% of men experienced physical forms of IPV at some point in their lives.
  • In the same survey, 7.7% of women or an estimated 201,394 reported being raped by an intimate partner in their lifetime.
  • Victims of severe IPV lose nearly 8 million days of paid work-the equivalent of more than 32,000 full-time jobs-and almost 5.6 million days of household productivity each year
  • The medical care, mental health services, and lost productivity (e.g., time away from work) costs of IPV against women was an estimated $5.8 billion in 1995. Updated to 2003 dollars, that is more than $8.3 billion.

Prevention

All forms of IPV are preventable. The key to prevention is focusing on the first time someone hurts a partner (called first-time perpetration). Knowledge about the factors that prevent IPV is lacking. CDC is working to better understand the developmental pathways and social circumstances that lead to this type of violence. In addition, the agency is helping organizations evaluate the effectiveness of strategies, programs and policies to reduce the perpetration of intimate partner violence.

 

I would suspect that you know someone who has been the victim of domestic violence.  What do you feel should be done to better protect individuals from domestic violence?  Your comments are welcomed.

 

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