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  1. 1. ABUSE
  2. 2. <ul><li>Rule of Thumb: A man may beat his wife and/or child as long as what he uses is no fatter than his thumb. </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>A woman is battered every 15 seconds. </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>50% of all couples experience at least one violent incident. </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Wife abuse is the major cause of injury to women. It accounts for 25% of emergency room visits. It exceeds rape, mugging and auto accident combined. </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>20% of all murders are committed within the family - 13% are committed by spouses. 2/3 of all murdered women are victims of domestic violence. </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>47% of female homicide victims are killed by their boyfriend, spouse, or ex-spouse (the rate is only 3% for men) </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Battered women are 9 times more likely to attempt suicide than non-battered women. </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>25% of female suicides are precipitated by domestic violence </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>75-80% of all hostage situations are related to domestic violence. </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>Many women are killed when their spouse realizes they are planning to leave. 72% of all victims are separated at the time of injury. </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>25-45% of victims are beaten </li></ul><ul><li>when they are pregnant. </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>33% of homeless women in PA </li></ul><ul><li>say domestic violence is the </li></ul><ul><li> cause of their homelessness </li></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>Men commit 95% of all spousal </li></ul><ul><li>assaults and 90% of all child abuse </li></ul>
  15. 15. <ul><li>The majority of violent adult </li></ul><ul><li>prisoners were raised in violent </li></ul><ul><li>homes. </li></ul>
  16. 16. <ul><li> Children from violent homes have </li></ul><ul><li> higher risks of alcohol, drug </li></ul><ul><li> abuse and juvenile delinquency. </li></ul>
  17. 17. <ul><li> 66.6% of abused children live in </li></ul><ul><li> homes where mothers are also </li></ul><ul><li> abused </li></ul>
  18. 18. <ul><li>1/3 of children who witness the battering of their mothers demonstrate significant behavioral or emotional problems which include stuttering, anxiety and fears, sleep disruption, excessive crying, school problems and psychosomatic disorders. </li></ul>
  19. 19. <ul><li>53% of Child abuse cases involve </li></ul><ul><li>neglect, 21% physical abuse, 13% </li></ul><ul><li>sexual abuse, and 13% emotional </li></ul><ul><li>abuse. </li></ul>
  20. 20. <ul><li> 75% of the offenders are known to </li></ul><ul><li> their victim. </li></ul>
  21. 21. <ul><li>4% of children under 12 who are </li></ul><ul><li>rape victims were attacked by </li></ul><ul><li>strangers. </li></ul>
  22. 22. <ul><li>42/1000 children are reported </li></ul><ul><li>abused each year. </li></ul>
  23. 23. <ul><li>Every year, 2000 children are killed by an abuser. Most are younger than 4. </li></ul>
  24. 24. <ul><li>1 out of 3 girls will be sexually </li></ul><ul><li>abused by the age of 18. </li></ul>
  25. 25. <ul><li>1 out of 5 boys will be sexually </li></ul><ul><li>abused by the age of 18. </li></ul>
  26. 26. <ul><li>Age range for most sexually abused children is 6 - 8 years but victims have been as young as one week old. </li></ul>
  27. 27. <ul><li>Average victim is subjected to 1 - 4 years of recurring sex abuse prior to reporting. </li></ul>
  28. 28. <ul><li>1 of every 6 reported rapes </li></ul><ul><li>involves a girl under the age of 12. </li></ul>
  29. 29. <ul><li>Girls under the age of 18 are victims of more than half of all reported rapes. </li></ul>
  30. 30. <ul><li>12% of high school students will </li></ul><ul><li>become involved in at least one </li></ul><ul><li>violent relationship before </li></ul><ul><li> graduation. </li></ul>
  31. 31. <ul><li>1 million senior citizens are </li></ul><ul><li>abused each year. </li></ul>
  32. 32. Infant Deaths <ul><li>The risk of getting killed by someone is greater during the first year of life than at any other time before age 17. </li></ul>
  33. 33. <ul><li>Infant homicide victims are most likely to get killed during their first week of life, with 82% of those slayings committed on the day of birth. </li></ul>
  34. 34. <ul><li>Homicide is the 15th leading cause of death for infants. </li></ul><ul><li>Of those killed on their first day, 95% were not born in a hospital. </li></ul><ul><li>89% are killed by their mothers. </li></ul>
  35. 35. <ul><li>The number is probably much higher because many deaths may be mistakenly recorded as unintentional or SIDS. </li></ul>