Domestic violence is a pattern controlling behaviors, from physical to sexual and psychological. These attacks are against the person as well as children, pets or personal property, and perpetrators seek to claim power and control over the individual who is under attack.
Domestic violence can happen to anyone. It knows no boundaries and crosses all economical, educational, religious, racial, cultural, geographic, and lifestyle lines.
More than 12 million people per year are subjected to domestic violence of some form.
1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men age 18-older in the United States have reported to be survivors of domestic violence each year.
Approximately 15.5 million children are exposed to domestic violence annually. Children exposed to domestic violence are more likely to attempt suicide, abuse drugs or alcohol, run away from home and commit domestic crimes on their own.
Domestic violence costs employers in the United States as much as $13 billion annually (according to the Bureau of National Affairs). More than 1 in 4 domestic violence survivors report they have lost a job, at least in part, due to domestic violence.
What kind of a safety plan should you have? Click here for a plan and a checklist of items you may want to take with you when you leave.
Haga clic aquí para ver un plan de seguridad y una lista de artículos que podría llevarse al irse.
Click here to see the Power & Equality Wheels – these show the differences between a relationship based on power and control and a relationship based on equality.
Click here to take the Abusive Relationship Quiz
BE PREPARED!!! Safety is of utmost importance when leaving an abusive situation.