January 25, 2015


10 Facts About Domestic Violence in Today’s Society

Facts About Domestic Violence

Facts About Domestic Violence

Domestic violence involves the physically or emotionally harmful acts between husbands and wives or between other individuals in intimate relationships. Here are some facts about domestic abuse or violence.


1. The factors most closely related to spouse abuse are youth of both the offender and the victim (between 18 and 30 years old), low income, growing up in a violent family, alcohol or substance abuse, unemployment, sexual difficulties, and low job satisfaction.

2. While no single personality factor causes domestic violence, offenders committing the most serious abuse tend to have antisocial personality disorders.

3. Some behavioral disorders in adolescents may result from familial factors, including child abuse and domestic violence, such as neglect, and poor disciplinary practices at home.

4. Victims of domestic violence experience both short-term and long-lasting effects. Physical injuries can range from bruises, cuts, and burns to broken bones, stab wounds, miscarriages (in women), and death.

5. Victims of domestic violence also experience depression and other psychological distress, eating disorders, and alcohol and substance abuse problems, and they are more likely than other people to contemplate or attempt suicide.

6. Children who witness domestic violence experience depression and psychological distress and are more likely than other children to be physically violent.

7. According to a study published in 1998 by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), women in the United States experienced about 840,000 nonlethal incidents of violence committed by an intimate partner in 1996, consisting of physical assault, robbery, rape and sexual assault.

8. In some cases, domestic violence results in homicide. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), more than 500 men were killed by their wives and girlfriends in 1996, representing about 5 percent of all male homicide victims in the United States.

9. That same year more than 1300 women in the United States were killed by their husbands or boyfriends – approximately 30 percent of all female homicide victims.

10. Murder by intimates accounts for about 9 percent of all homicides in the United States each year, but researchers believe that the extent of violence between intimate partners is higher than what reports indicate.

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