Domestic abuse is the leading cause of injury to women. The statistics listed below are mind-boggling and most who have never experienced such a heinous act are asking, “Why in the hell would anyone put up with that?”
Believe me, every single woman who’s assaulted has asked herself this question thousands of times. There is no answer. Call it brainwashing, stupidity, or naïvety. It is what it is; a crime that can be punishable with time in prison.
There are many resources available for helping woman and children get away from the violent hands of their offenders in an attempt to help them end the cycle of abuse. Some people are willing to do anything to help you.
If you are in an abusive relationship go to http://www.thehotline.org/ or call a hotline NOW.
- National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233 or TTY 1-800-787-3224
- Crime Victims Hotline: 1-866-689-4357
- Rape & Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-212-227-3000
- TTD phone number for all hotlines: 1-866-604-5350
All studies, statistics, and information listed in End the Cycle NOW are found at the National Domestic Violence Hotline www.thehotline.org/ and the U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health website www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/domesticviolence.html from reputable agencies such as the Mayo Clinic.
- Every nine seconds in the United States a woman is assaulted or beaten by someone she knows and trust.
- Studies suggest that up to ten million children witness some form of domestic violence annually.
- Every day in the United States, more than three women are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends.
- Between 55 percent and 95 percent of women who had been abused never contacted help organizations, shelters, or the police for help.
- The costs of inmate partner violence in the US alone exceed $5.8 billion per year.
- Men who as children witnessed their father’s violence were twice as likely to abuse their own wives than of sons of nonviolent parents.