Domestic Violence Warning Signs And Prevention

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Domestic Violence Warning Signs And Prevention

  1. 2. Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women between the ages of 15 and 44 in the United States—more than car accidents, muggings and rapes combined. It is also estimated that a woman is battered every 15 seconds in the United States, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigations.
  2. 3. <ul><li>Accurately define domestic violence. </li></ul><ul><li>List and define three of the ten warning signs of domestic violence. </li></ul><ul><li>Define emotional, physical, sexual and financial abuse. </li></ul><ul><li>State two available resources for victims of domestic violence. </li></ul>
  3. 4. What is Domestic Violence? <ul><li>Who? </li></ul><ul><li>What? </li></ul><ul><li>Male or Females, although most are female </li></ul><ul><li>Single, Dating or Married </li></ul><ul><li>Heterosexual or Homosexual </li></ul><ul><li>Living Together or Separated </li></ul><ul><li>Emotional or Psychological Abuse </li></ul><ul><li>Physical Abuse </li></ul><ul><li>Sexual Abuse </li></ul><ul><li>Financial Abuse </li></ul><ul><li>Criminal or non-criminal </li></ul><ul><li>The need for one partner to control the other partner. </li></ul>
  4. 5. What is Domestic Violence? (cont.) <ul><li>Where? </li></ul><ul><li>At home </li></ul><ul><li>At the workplace of the victim or the offender </li></ul><ul><li>At school </li></ul><ul><li>Public places (although this is rare) </li></ul>
  5. 6. Statistics for Domestic Violence <ul><li>In each of the last three years, there were more than 70 incidences of domestic violence homicides. </li></ul><ul><li>In five of the six years from 1997 to 2002 North Carolina has been in the top ten states in homicide rates for females murdered by males. </li></ul>
  6. 7. Domestic Violence Statistics (cont.) <ul><li>According to the NC Department of Health and Human Services, in North Carolina 1 in 5 women have been sexually assaulted at some point in their lives. </li></ul><ul><li>85-95% of victims are female. </li></ul>
  7. 8. Domestic Violence Statistics (cont.) <ul><li>5.3 million women are abused each year world wide. </li></ul><ul><li>The health-related costs of rape, physical assault, stalking, and homicide by intimate partners exceed $5.8 billion each year. </li></ul><ul><li>Lost productivity and earnings due to intimate partner violence accounts for almost $1.8 billion each year. </li></ul>
  8. 9. Characteristics of a Perpetrator: <ul><li>Impulsive with explosive personality, flies into rages unexpectedly </li></ul><ul><li>Past Criminal Record </li></ul><ul><li>May display addictive behaviors such as alcohol, drugs, overeating, or gambling. </li></ul>
  9. 10. Characteristics of a Perpetrator (cont.) <ul><li>Exhibits manipulative behavior </li></ul><ul><li>Rationalization of his/her own violence, denial of the severity of the abuse or denial that the abuse occurred </li></ul><ul><li>Tries to isolate partner from friends, family and co-workers </li></ul>
  10. 11. Characteristics of a Perpetrator (cont.) <ul><li>Witnessed/experienced family violence while growing up </li></ul><ul><li>“ Jekyll and Hyde” personality </li></ul><ul><li>If in counseling, is primarily interested in keeping partner in the relationship, not in changing self. </li></ul>
  11. 12. “ Enough” with Jennifer Lopez
  12. 13. Signs of Abuse: Injuries <ul><li>Victims may hide severe injuries by wearing long sleeves and pants </li></ul><ul><li>Defensive wounds </li></ul><ul><li>Will make outlandish excuses about where the bruises/cuts came from: “I fell down.” </li></ul>
  13. 14. More Injuries…
  14. 15. More Injuries…
  15. 16. Signs of Abuse: Absence from work <ul><li>Stay home to hide injuries </li></ul><ul><li>Could be extended periods of time if injuries are severe </li></ul><ul><li>If abuser is jealous, victim may be forced to stay home from work. </li></ul><ul><li>Could lead to victim losing job or being forced to quit. </li></ul>
  16. 17. Signs of Abuse: <ul><li>Low Self-Esteem </li></ul><ul><li>Victim could be confident at work </li></ul><ul><li>Can’t live without their spouse/mate </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t deserve any better </li></ul><ul><li>Accusations of Cheating </li></ul><ul><li>Keep victim from going particular places </li></ul><ul><li>Believes victim is out cheating on abuser at all times. </li></ul>
  17. 18. Signs of Abuse: <ul><li>Personality Changes </li></ul><ul><li>Self-Blame </li></ul><ul><li>Different person around friends </li></ul><ul><li>Friends, family, co-workers may notice that victim is quiet around abuser </li></ul><ul><li>Victim is used to taking blame for EVERYTHING </li></ul><ul><li>Victim may take blame for things in the workplace that are out of their control </li></ul>
  18. 19. Signs of Abuse: Characteristics in Children <ul><li>Kids who live in a home with violence will be bullies at school or daycare </li></ul><ul><li>This behavior is all the child knows </li></ul>
  19. 20. Emotional or Psychological Abuse <ul><li>Verbal </li></ul><ul><li>Non-verbal </li></ul><ul><li>Yelling </li></ul><ul><li>Threatening </li></ul><ul><li>Name-calling </li></ul><ul><li>Blaming </li></ul><ul><li>Shaming </li></ul><ul><li>Isolation </li></ul><ul><li>Intimidation </li></ul><ul><li>Controlling behaviors </li></ul>
  20. 21. Physical Abuse <ul><li>Choking </li></ul><ul><li>Hitting </li></ul><ul><li>Kicking </li></ul><ul><li>Throwing things </li></ul><ul><li>Use of a weapon (knife, gun, etc.) </li></ul>
  21. 22. Sexual Abuse <ul><li>Between 1/3 and ½ of all battered women are raped by their partners at least once during the relationship </li></ul>
  22. 23. Financial or Economical Abuse <ul><li>Withholding money or credit cards </li></ul><ul><li>Victim must account for ALL money spent </li></ul><ul><li>Basic necessities (clothing, shelter, food) are withheld </li></ul>
  23. 24. How to Get Help for All Involved <ul><li>United Family Services (UFS) </li></ul><ul><li>A division of United Way </li></ul><ul><li>Charlotte (704) 332-2513 </li></ul><ul><li>Huntersville (704) 655-8745 </li></ul>
  24. 25. How To Get Help for All Involved <ul><li>National Domestic Violence Hotline </li></ul><ul><li>24/7 availability </li></ul><ul><li>All 50 states </li></ul><ul><li>1-800-799-SAFE </li></ul><ul><li>www.ndvh.org </li></ul>
  25. 26. How To Get Help for All Involved <ul><li>National Coalition Against Domestic Violence </li></ul><ul><li>www.ncadv.org </li></ul><ul><li>Safety Plan info </li></ul><ul><li>Workplace programs </li></ul>
  26. 27. <ul><li>Center Against Domestic Violence </li></ul><ul><li>www.centeragainstdv.org </li></ul><ul><li>Educational materials for all ages </li></ul><ul><li>Parents and teen information </li></ul>Prevention Programs
  27. 28. Prevention Programs <ul><li>Legal Aid of North Carolina </li></ul><ul><li>Charlotte Office located </li></ul><ul><li> at 1431 Elizabeth Ave. </li></ul><ul><li>704-971-2721 </li></ul><ul><li>Also has services for immigrants </li></ul>
  28. 29. <ul><li>Accurately define domestic violence. </li></ul><ul><li>List and define three of the ten warning signs of domestic violence. </li></ul><ul><li>Define emotional, physical, sexual and financial abuse. </li></ul><ul><li>State two available resources for victims of domestic violence. </li></ul>

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