Monday, October 3, 2011

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, so I plan to post often about IPV this month. Many of you know that I am very passionate about preventing intimate partner violence. IPV is a more inclusive term to include relationships that aren't necessarily "domestic" in nature, yet still intimate. There will be a little of everything: information on resources, red flags, statistics, photos, stories, reflections, news articles, my own research...

Here's some facts to start us off:

  • Domestic violence is not confined to any one socioeconomic, ethnic, religious, racial or age group and knows no geographic or educational boundaries. It also occurs within teenage relationships and among same-sex partnerships.

  • About one out of every four women in America will be physically assaulted or raped by an intimate partner at some point in their lives. In fact, American women are more likely to be assaulted, injured, raped or killed by a male partner than by any other type of assailant.

  • Estimates of assaults on women by partners range from approximately 2 million to 4 million annually in the United States.

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