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Domestic Violence Presentation
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Domestic Violence Defined -
There are two types of domestic violence
behavior: Criminal and non-criminal.
Criminal behavior includes but is not limited to
uninvited physical contact such as striking,
kicking, biting, sexual coercion and abuse, marital
rape, intimidation by stalking, computer hacking,
and criminal isolation.
Domestic Violence Defined- Non-
Non- criminal behavior includes but is not
limited to being denied access to friends or
other social contacts.
Shadowing, restricting the use of the telephone
by securing phones in a locked or temporary
removal during the time the abuser is away.
Denying access to family finances.
Domestic Violence Statistics
Every day 4 women, 1 man and almost 5
children die as a result of domestic violence.
I in every 4 women will experience domestic
violence in her lifetime.
Females ages 20-24 years of age are at the
greatest risk for intimate partner abuse.
In 2005, 389,100 women and 78, 180 men
were victimized by an intimate partner
Domestic violence isn’t always violent…
The scope of domestic violence is far more reaching than the black eye of
the raised fist.
Domestic violence: words can have the same impact as a
The Face of The Abused – Women
Domestic violence does not discriminate based on gender, ethnicity,
age or socio-economic status. Women, however, represent the largest
number of domestic violence victims.
The Face of The Abused – Men
Male victims of intimate partner abuse are less likely to report
belittling and physical abuse because of the social stigma of
appearing weak and disbelieved
The Face of The Abused – The Elderly
Incidence of elder abuse
was found to be 32 of 1,000
in persons over age 65.
Elderly men are as likely to
be abused as elderly
Elderly women sustain
more severe physical and
The Face of The Abused – GLBT
In 2003, lesbians, gays, bisexuals
or transgendered people
experienced 6,523 incidents of
domestic violence; 44% were
men, 36% women and 2%
The Face of The Abused – The
For every hour, as many as 115
children are abused. • 90% of
children from violent homes
witness their fathers beating their
63% of all boys, age 11-20, who
commit murder, kill the man who
was abusing their mother.
Children in homes where
violence occurs are physically
abused or neglected at. a rate
1500% higher than the national
The Consequences of Domestic Violence
Children are products of
their environment. This
includes parental modeling,
both positive and negative.
Children of abuse often
grow up to become abusers
The Consequences of Domestic
Every year, domestic
violence results in almost
100,000 days of
department visits, and
almost 40,000 visits to a
The Consequences of Domestic Violence
Children exposed to domestic violence
experience fear, anxiety, low self-
esteem , withdrawal and poor
performance in school.
The ultimate consequence…
Every day nearly ten people
die as a result of domestic
violence in the United
The Journey From Victim to Survivor of Domestic
A map to guide
A note of encouragement…
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.
The journey begins with you…
One of the hardest
lessons in life to the
acceptance of the fact
that we cannot change
the behaviors of
others, only our own.
It is up to you to make
a commitment to
yourself to safely
leave a dangerous and
and begin to enjoy a
quality life free of
The rationale of a strategy
The life of a relationship can be filled with love, respect,
mutuality, honesty and all the emotional components that
make for a good partnership. When the partnership is no
longer workable, a couple may decide to split and agree to
disagree amicably or with animosity.
The life of a relationship can also be filled with the ugliness
of power and control and violence. Fear becomes the glue
that loosely binds a couple to each other; the fear of violence
and verbal abuse. There is the fear of loss – the loss of
material things, the loss of inclusion, and the loss of the
ability to survive independent of the abuser.
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Food For Thought…
October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
There are 754 hours in the month of October. As many as
115 children are abused in one hour. That is 11, 310
children too many.
There are 754 hours in the month of October. As many as 4
women , 1 man and almost 5 children who die every 24
hours as a result of domestic violence. That is 310 people
74% of Americans are currently being abused or know
someone who is. There are 8,760 hours in a year. Shouldn’t
we be more than aware every day of every week, of every
month, of every year?