A rarely discussed epidemic in the US kills an estimated 3 women daily. This issue is grossly under reported due to the shame and stigma attached to its victims. The epidemic is domestic violence. It is an ugly predicament to find yourself in. With such an ignored and often taboo subject here are 8 domestic violence statistics that all women should be aware of.
1. It rivals war stats.
11,766. The number of American women murdered by their partners or ex-partners between 2001-2012. Almost double the American troops killed (6,488) in Afghanistan during the same time. That is a sobering stat. The troops are in an active war zone, but the ladies that were murdered are civilians in a peaceful country, murdered in a war zone of a different kind. R.I.P Adoria Verser from the BlackLoveAdvice.com family.
2. Women with disabilities are not excluded.
Women with disabilities are 40% more likely to experience domestic violence. This is the most vulnerable part of the population since the abuse can be hidden longer and the abuse could be layered. In the case of a woman with a disability the woman’s intimate partner could withhold medication, refuse to assist with possible ambulatory issues or disable needed equipment. But according to a study this group is more likely to report various forms of abuse to the authorities. This shows that domestic violence issues affect women as a whole.
3. Abuse by the minute.
Every minute 20 people are victims of domestic violence. This is a difficult stat to consider. That means in one day almost 30,000 people experience violence at the hands of a person that professes to love and care for them. Smh.
4. Boys become men.
Boys who witness domestic violence are 2 times more likely to abuse their own partners and children when they become adults, compared to boys that never witness domestic abuse. It’s important to remember that the behavior that a child is exposed to earlier affects them for life. There would be some type of future counseling and redirection needed to work thru the underlying issues that will remain after such trauma. No child escapes unscathed from such events.
5. It contributes to health issues.
Domestic violence also negatively affects the health of its victims. Women that suffer domestic violence are 70% more likely to have heart disease and 80% are more likely to have a stroke. Chronic disease is an ongoing effect of the trauma of an abusive relationship. That is a repercussion on the victim’s existence for a lifetime.
6. The financial impact.
Domestic violence also has national economic consequences. Almost 25% of employed women report that their work performance is affected by their home issues. Companies report that every year 8 million days of paid work are lost. Time and money is out the window and employee productivity is being grossly upset. If this were any other point at issue it would be addressed in a more aggressive manner as far as prevention or even assistance. It’s really unacceptable that this is still so prevalent yet so ignored in our society.
7. Escaping to homelessness.
The decision to leave such chaotic surroundings are complicated enough, then add the thought of possible housing difficulties makes it much more complex. Comfort can convince you that change is not necessary and with domestic violence counted as the 3rd leading cause of homelessness, that disturbing statistic alone explains the choice of many who stay. Although the path is laid with some challenges, the outcome of your decision is more than worth it to your life and well being.
8. What about the children?
Children are the helpless victims in a domestic violence situation. They are not able to rescue themselves and have to endure until circumstances change. It is said that 10 million children are exposed to domestic violence every year. That is a repulsive statistic. These children have to function at school and then return home to a dysfunctional life. That is a lot of stress for a child to endure.
Domestic violence is not an epidemic that we can afford to bury our heads in the sand and pretend that it does not exist. There are lives at stake and children who can be adversely affected for a lifetime. It is not an easy fix. It takes a concerned and active community to go into action and pay attention to the women around them. If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship here is a number you should know or share: The National Domestic Violence Hotline, 1-800-799-7233 in over 170 languages. All calls are confidential and anonymous.