What is Domestic Violence?

Domestic Violence is also known as: Domestic Abuse, Spousal Abuse, Partner Abuse, Workplace Abuse, Child Abuse and Elder Abuse

Domestic Violence is a Cycle of controlling behavior  in any relationship that is used to gain or maintain power and control over an intimate partner.

Domestic Violence may include physical, psychological, emotional, financial, and/or sexual abuse by men or women that affect or influence another person. This includes any behavior that frightens, intimidates, terrorizes, manipulates, hurts, humiliates, blames, injures or wounds someone. Types of Abuse

Abuse does not discriminate. It can happen to anyone of any race, age, sexual orientation, religion or gender. It can happen to couples who are married, living together or those who are dating. Domestic violence affects people of all ages, socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels and can happen in your home, someone else’s home, in  the workplace and/or in public.

Please Note: Abusers can in fact be male or female, and DV Victims may be men, women, Elders and/or children. There are more statistics available in regards to female victims/male abusers so we may speak more in these terms; however, Peace Foundations will provide services for all victims regardless of gender, age, race or religion.

The National statistics reports that every day, 4 or more women are murdered by boyfriends or husbands and as many as 4,000,000 women a year are in violent relationships. The majority of cases go unreported because of shame, embarrassment and fear.

Domestic violence is the number one health risk for women between the ages of 15  and 44, and almost one-third of women killed in the United States are victims of Domestic Violence.

A Woman is beaten every 9 seconds in the US…

Intimate Partner Violence is the leading cause of female homicides and injury related deaths during pregnancy…

Domestic Violence is the third leading cause of homelessness among families…

50% of homeless women are fleeing domestic violence…

An abused woman is 70 times more likely to be murdered in the few weeks after leaving her abusive partner than at any other time in the relationship…

10 Million Children are exposed to Domestic Violence every year

Please get help now if you or someone you know is being abused.

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