“At any given moment you have the power to say this is not how the story is going to end.”
-Christine Mason Miller

Domestic abuse refers to any pattern of coercive behavior used by one partner to assert and maintain control over another partner. This includes physical and sexual violence, stalking, psychological aggression, and financial and social isolation. Domestic abuse can be committed by current and former intimate partners. It affects people of all backgrounds and often impacts people beyond the private relationship, including children and teenagers that may live within the household.

 

TIPS

  • Potential abusers may try to move quickly into a relationship, make jealous or put-down remarks, or dissuade their partner from participating in normal leisure and social activities. (National Network to End Domestic Violence)
  • Warning signs of domestic abuse include someone who seems afraid or anxious around their partner, frequently mentions accidents around the house, or wears long-sleeved garments intended to conceal bruises and scars. (National Coalition Against Domestic Violence)
  • There are many reasons that victims stay in an abusive relationship, including the fact that leaving can put themselves as well as children and family members at risk of danger. (National Domestic Violence Hotline)
  • Most cases of domestic abuse are never reported, even though these actions can have detrimental long-term effects on the physical and emotional well-being of victims and their friends and family. (The Marshall Project)
  • The presence of a gun in a domestic violence situation increases the risk of homicide by 500%. (American Journal of Public Health)

STATISTICS

  • Domestic violence accounts for 21% of all violent crime. (Bureau of Justice Statistics)
  • 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner.
    (National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey)
  • The cost of intimate partner violence exceeds $8.3 billion per year. (Journal of Occupational Health Psychology)
  • 1 in 3 children who witnessed domestic violence were also child abuse victims. (National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

TAKE ACTION

  • If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, call 911.
  • If the danger is not immediate, contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline by phone at 1.800.799.7233 or text “LOVEIS” to 22522 to create a safety plan.
  • If you suspect someone you know is experiencing domestic abuse, reach out to a local organization in your area. Find one near you here.