Fitness Info: Family Violence Awareness Month
By Connie Colbert
GCU Health Services Director
It is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Here are some facts and figures from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV):
Domestic violence is willful bullying, physical assault, beatings, sexual assault and / or other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another. It includes physical violence, sexual violence, threats and psychological violence. The frequency and severity of domestic violence can vary widely.
Domestic violence in Arizona
- 42.6% of Arizona women and 33.4% of Arizona men experience physical violence between intimate partners, sexual violence between intimate partners and / or stalking between intimate partners.
- An estimated 304,000 Arizona women have been harassed by an intimate partner
- A one-day snapshot from 2019 revealed domestic violence programs in Arizona served 1,539 that day.
- There were 96 domestic violence-related deaths in Arizona in 2019.
- In 2017, Arizona ranked seventh in the country for femicides per capita.
Did you know?
- In the United States, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have experienced some form of physical violence from an intimate partner.
- On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically assaulted by an intimate partner in the United States. For a year, this equates to more than 10 million women and men.
- On a typical day, local domestic violence hotlines receive about 19,159 calls, an average of about 13 calls per minute.
- In 2018, domestic violence accounted for 20% of all violent crimes.
- Access by assailants to firearms increases the risk of femicide between intimate partners at least fivefold. When firearms were used in the most serious incident of abuse, the risk increased 41 times.
- 65% of all murder-suicides involve an intimate partner; 96% of the victims of these crimes are women.
- In the United States, 1 in 5 women and 1 in 71 men have been raped in their lifetime.
- 90% of abusers do not have a criminal record and abusers are generally law abiding outside the home.
Children and domestic violence
- 1 in 15 children are exposed to domestic violence each year, and 90% of these children are eyewitnesses to this violence.
- Victims of intimate partner violence lose a total of 8.0 million days of paid work each year.
- The cost of intimate partner violence exceeds $ 8.3 billion per year.
- Between 21% and 60% of victims of domestic violence lose their jobs for reasons stemming from the abuse.
- Between 2003 and 2008, 142 women were murdered in their workplace by their attacker, representing 78% of women killed in their workplace during this period.
What are the signs of an abuser?
Here are some red flags. This list is not exhaustive, but it includes the main ones to look for.
- extreme jealousy
- A bad character
- Animal cruelty
- Verbal violence
- Extremely controlling behavior
- Archaic beliefs about the roles of women and men in relationships
- Forced sex or disregarding their partner’s reluctance to have sex
- Sabotage of contraceptive methods or refusal to honor agreed upon methods
- Blame the victim for everything that goes wrong
- Sabotage or interfering with the victim’s ability to work or go to school
- Control all finances
- Abuse of other family members, children or pets
- Accusations by the victim of flirting with others or having an affair
- Control of what the victim is wearing and how she behaves
- Degrading the victim in private or in public
- Embarrassment or humiliation of the victim in front of others
- Harassment of the victim at work
If you’re in a relationship with someone who has these warning signs, there is help!
For 24/7 anonymous and confidential help, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE) or 1-800-787-3224 ( ATS) now.