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Domestic violence is defined as the emotional, physical, sexual, psychological or economic abuse of power and the exercise of control by another individual, or individuals, on a family member, partner or ex-partner regardless of gender, age or sexual orientation.
The use of physical force against another in a way that ends up injuring that person or putting him or her at risk of being injured.
Physical abuse includes
Pushing, throwing tripping
Slapping, hitting, punching, kicking
Holding, restraining, confinement
Assault with a weapon
Burning or freezing
Claims the life of 2 women a week
1 in 4 women will be effected
1 in 6 men will be effected
A women is beaten every 15 sec
The leading cause of injury to women in the US
Women who leave their batterer are at a 75% greater risk of being killed by them then the ones who stay
More then 3 women are killed by their husband or boyfriend per year
22% of women are physically assualted by a partner or date
Physical Abuse and Pregnancy
Most women are beat for the first time when they are pregnant
5.3% of women with wanted pregnancy’s are beat
15.3% with unplanned are beat
50-70% of women abused before preg are abused during
26% of teens reported being abuse over half in which say it began after there learning they were pregnant
Murder is the 2 nd leading cause of death in preg women
77% in which were killed in the 1 st trimester
Women under 20 years of age are at the greatest risk
Emotional Abuse may include
Destruction of victim's property
Violence to an animal
Yelling, screaming, name-calling
Blaming, telling victim they are worthless
Sexual assault-forcing someone to participate in unwanted, unsafe, or degrading sexual activity
Sexual harassment- using unwanted sexual advances to gain power over someone
Sexual exploitation- examples include forcing someone to look at pornography or participate in pornographic filmmaking
Sexual Abuse Stat’s
1 in 5 women will be raped or attempted
3 in 4 women who are raped report physical abuse by their partner as well
7.7% of women have been raped by an intimate partner
52% of cases are repeats
19% of all DV include sexual abuse
More than ½ of women raped by an intimate partner report the abuse had occurred several times
Dv awareness child abuse
Effects On Children
Children who witness DV are more likely to develop serious emotional, behavioral, developmental, or become violent themselves.
Attempt suicide, use drugs, alcohol, commit crimes-sexual assaults
Placement in foster homes
Living in shelters
In homes where DV occurs children are abused at a rate of 1500% higher then the national average
Health Providers Role
37% of battered women admitted abuse to their health provider
Only 10% of providers screen for violence
Health care providers are usually the first line of defense for victims
Open mind, good interview
If victim comes in with partner get them alone
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