Deborah S. Bauer
The negative causes of domestic violence are staggering; our children who witness domestic abuse are affected for life. We can offer social and legal intervention for victims of domestic violence to better protect the victims. Let’s take a deeper look into the realm of domestic violence. Domestic violence in the United States alone is estimated to cost the economy a staggering 5.8 billion dollars a year. One in every three women has been abused sexually or beaten or suffered other forms of abuse in their lifetime. Many of these attacks have been by members of the victims own family. It has been suggested that up to 10 million children have been witness to some form of domestic violence and many of the children become victims themselves. More than three women in the United States lose their lives each day at the hands of their boyfriends, partners, or husbands. Nearly 8 million days of paid work per year, equivalent to approximately 32,000 full time jobs are missed by victims of domestic violence. Research shows us that men who at a young age witnessed domestic conflicts between their parents are more than twice as likely to abuse the women in their own lives. Resources for victims need to be made more available, laws need to be changed to protect the lives of the victim, and children need to be protected from the effects of domestic violence.
Staggering Statistics of Domestic Violence
WHAT ARE THE STATISTICS OF DOMESTIC ABUSE?
Not only the United States but many parts of the world have serious ongoing problems with domestic violence. Where it was once believed that only women suffered from domestic abuse, in all reality men are also victims of their female partners, same sex partnerships also suffer domestic abuse. However, the majority of abuse cases reported to the local police and seen in our emergency departments today are from women who have been battered by their male partners. Intimate partner violence (IPV) results in an estimated 1,200 deaths and 2 million injuries among women and nearly 600,000 injuries among men. MMWR (2008, February 8). Adverse Health Conditions And Health Risk Behaviors Associated With Intimate Partner Violence- United States 2005. Retrieved from www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtm/mm5705a1.htm. It has been estimated that 5.3 million IPV victimizations have happened to women between the age of 18 and older each year in the United States. Medical attention has been required in more than 550,000 cases of IPV. Victims lose an average of 8.0 million days of paid work, 32,000 full time jobs and nearly 5.6 million days of household productivity as a result of domestic violence. National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. Costs of Intimate Partner Violence Against Women In The United States. Atlanta (GA): Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2003. Domestic violence can have a lasting effect on the victim. If the women survive the attack, they may be left with physical injuries, ongoing psychological problems; drug and alcohol abuse, and be susceptible to several suicide attempts. What we find a lot of the time is that victims don’t even report the attacks because they believe that they are in love with the abuser and Cannot live without this person in their life, so they will actually try to protect their abuser rather than seek help for themselves. CYCLE OF VIOLENCE
Domestic violence has three cycles to it, these may occur between the abuser and victim all in the same day, or it may take weeks, months or even years to come full circle in the relationship. Keep in mind that not all relationships will follow the cycles in order, and some relationships may not follow all the cycles. 1. Tension Building Phase – Tension will start to build over issues such as money, children, problems with employment. This does not necessarily mean the abuser and...