Domestic violence poses a major threat to the health and well-being of millions of Americans. There are many forms of abuse, including physical, sexual, emotional, economic and psychological. Approximately 33 million Americans admit they have been victims of domestic violence. Every nine seconds a woman is assaulted or beaten. Half of men who frequently assault their wives also frequently assault their children. Roughly, one in five high school students report being physically or sexually abused by a partner.
It’s startling that three women and one man are murdered by their partners every day. The annual cost associated with domestic violence is staggering. Almost $4.1 billion is spent every year for direct medical and mental health care services for victims. Domestic violence victims lose nearly eight million days of paid work each year.
The Violence Against Women Act was enacted in 1994, but it’s clear that more needs to be done to address the problem of domestic violence in America. Do you know anyone who is a victim of domestic violence but hasn’t realized it or said anything? Please take a look at the infographic below to find helpful hotlines to call.
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