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What is Domestic Violence?
Domestic violence is one of the most chronically underreported crimes; approximately 20% of the 1.5 million people who experience domestic violence annually obtain civil protection orders.
One in four women will experience some form of domestic violence in her lifetime.
It’s estimated that 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner each year.
Witnessing violence between one’s parents or caretakers is the strongest risk factor of transmitting violent behavior onto the next generation.
Boys who witness domestic violence are twice as likely to abuse their own partners and children as adults.
Source: National Coalition against Domestic Violence
What does it look like?
Physical abuse: slapping, hitting, shoving, hair pulling, pinching, biting, grabbing
Sexual abuse: forcing sex, attacks on sexual parts of the body, marital rape, treating one in a sexually demeaning manner
Emotional abuse: name-calling, diminishing one’s abilities, damaging one’s relationship with his or her children, constant criticism
Economic abuse: maintaining total control over resources in order to make an individual financially dependent, withholding one’s access to money, forbidding one’s attendance at employment or school
Psychological abuse: causing fear by intimidation; threatening physical harm to partner, children, self or partner’s family or friends; destruction of property or pets; forcing isolation from family, friends, or work and/or school
Source: Office of Violence against Women
The National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV), funded by the Department of Health and Humans Services Family Violence Prevention and Services Program has released of an interactive online course, Domestic Violence: Understanding the Basics. Learn more about DV in this one-hour interactive eLearning module.
This course will discuss the following:
Dynamics and common tactics that characterize domestic violence
Overview of the scope and impact on individuals and society
Underlying factors that allow domestic violence to exist
Various risks and choices that survivors face
Solutions to the problem.