What is domestic violence?
Domestic violence is a pattern of coercive tactics that can include physical, psychological, sexual, economic, and emotional abuse, perpetrated by one person against an intimate partner, with the goal of establishing and maintaining power and control.
Domestic violence is a crime, and it occurs every 15 to 18 seconds in the United States. Seventy five percent of women who are murdered in this country are murdered by an intimate partner.
How does domestic violence affect children?
Children are just as vulnerable to domestic violence as parents are. Our experience working with thousands of children suggests that they are emotionally affected by abusive behavior in the home, and are also frequently at risk of physical harm. Witnessing domestic violence often results in sleeplessness, poor concentration, inability to perform in school, and emotional and mental health problems, amongst other problems.
Children in homes where violence occurs are 1,500 times more likely to be seriously abused or neglected than the rate for the general population.
How do we end domestic violence?
Ending domestic violence begins with a commitment to stopping abuse in your life and the lives of people around you. Support domestic violence programs, be an advocate for survivors, educate yourself about the effects of domestic violence, and report abuse when you see it - together, we can end domestic violence for good.