Stop Abuse and Violence
In the past, when Bill and I would search for a good TV show, he would often mention true lie mysteries, referring to them as Husband Kills Wife. After all, almost 90 percent of the murder mysteries showed the husband guilty of murder.
Having spent time researching women’s issues for my novel, The Artist’s Paradise, this has taken on a whole new meaning for both of us. The woman, who is abused emotionally today, may face physical abuse, sexual abuse, stalking, and yes, even death.
The headlines are full of the rich and famous caught rendering abuse. As our world becomes more and more violent, the number of victims grow. We see college students abused, girlfriends and wives of sports figures, and even musical stars involved in violence. Here are some sobering statistics.
- Around the world, at least one in every three women has been beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused during her lifetime.1
- Nearly one-third of American women (31%) report being physically or sexually abused by a husband or boyfriend at some point in their lives.2
- Thirty percent of Americans say they know a woman who has been physically abused by her husband or boyfriend in the past year.3
- Domestic violence is primarily a crime against women. In 2001, women accounted for 85 percent of the victims of domestic partner violence and men accounted for approximately 15 percent of the victims.4
- While women are less likely than men to be victims of violent c
- rimes overall, women are five to eight times more likely than men to be victimized by a domestic partner.5
- Women are much more likely than men to be killed by an intimate partner. In 2000, intimate partner homicides accounted for 33.5 percent of the murders of women and less than four percent of the murders of men.7
- Pregnant and recently pregnant women are more likely to be victims of homicide than to die of any other cause7 , and evidence exists that a significant proportion of all female homicide victims are killed by their intimate partners.
In my next post, we will return tour discussion of additional warning signs to watch for, and what you can do to end abuse in your life.
On line Sources:
San Francisco Domestic Violence Consortium
The National Domestic Violence Hot line
The Mayo Clinic