Saturday, October 13, 2007

It must end

Domestic violence is a relationship between intimate partners in which one individual seeks to assert power and control over the other. Recently, more same-sex partners and male victims of violence perpetrated by women are reporting their victimization. The abuser may use many different types of abuse to assert this power. Domestic abuse involves physical, psychological, economic, and sexual abuse, as well as attempts to manipulate the victim through the use of his or her children. The abuser may also seek to isolate the victim from other people who may provide assistance.

In Wisconsin, one in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. You, or someone you know, is either a victim of abuse, has been, or will be. That is staggering. Where is the public outcry?

Some national statistics:
*5.3 million women are abused each year.
*85-95% of all domestic violence victims are female.
*Over 500,00 women are stalked by an intimate partner each year.
*1,232 women are killed each year by an intimate partner.
*Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women.
*Women are more likely to be attacked by someone they know rather than by a stranger.

State statistics:
*In 2005, there were 26,323 reported cases of domestic violence.
*In 2005, 34 incidents of homicides were a result of domestic violence in WI.

Information taken from: National Coalition Against Domestic Violence American Institue on Domestic Violence

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