DIVAS Fellowship and Outreach Ministry

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Definition of Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is defined as a pattern of coercive and controlling behaviors and tactics used by one person over another to gain power and control.    This may include verbal abuse, financial abuse, emotional, sexual, and physical abuse.   Domestic violence occurs in heterosexual, as well as same-sex partnerships, and crosses all ethnic, racial and socio-economic lines. 

Did You Know:

 1.      One in every 4 women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. (Tjaden, Patricia & Thoennes, Nancy. National Institute of Justice and the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, ?Extent, Nature and Consequences of Intimate Partner Violence: Findings from the National Violence Against Women Survey,? (2000)

2.      An estimated 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner each year. (Costs of Intimate Partner Violence Against Women in the United States. 2003. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Centers for Injury Prevention and Control. Atlanta, GA.)

3.      85% of domestic violence victims are women. (Bureau of Justice Statistics Crime Data Brief, Intimate Partner Violence, 1993-2001, February 2003.)

4.      Historically, females have been most often victimized by someone they knew. (U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, ?Criminal Victimization, 2005,? September 2006.)

5.      Females who are 20-24 years of age are at the greatest risk of nonfatal intimate partner violence. (U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, ?Intimate Partner Violence in the United States,? December 2006.)

6.      Most cases of domestic violence are never reported to the police. (Frieze, I.H., Browne, A. (1989) Violence in Marriage. In L.E. Ohlin & M. H. Tonry (eds.) Family Violence. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.)