This New Dawn

There has been a lot in the news lately about domestic violence. Reading the HuffPost Crime Blog September 21, 2014, I discovered some interesting facts on domestic abuse/violence.  Some may surprise you as well.

Did you know almost twice as many women were killed as the result of domestic violence in the United States as soldiers were killed in Afghanistan and Iraq during the same period?   11,766 women /6614 soldiers killed. I find that shocking. It’s dangerous to be married.

Another fact: 24 people per minute experience violence by an intimate partner in this country. Most people in this country do not report domestic violence: 1 in 4 women versus 1 in 7 men report domestic violence. Another interesting fact: Percentage of women killed by a spouse or partner: 30%. Of men: 5.3 %.   Fifty states in the U.S. claimed the primary cause of homelessness – domestic abuse.

Domestic abuse/violence is not limited to the United States. It is a global issue. Worldwide, 1 in 3 women will experience domestic violence. For European women ages 16-44, domestic violence is the first cause of death, cancer and traffic accidents 2nd and 3rd respectively.   In France and South Africa, 1 in 3 women were killed by spouses if the man owned a gun. In 2011 in Pakistan, 943 women were killed in honor killings. In 2012, in Berlin, a man butchered his wife in front of their six children.

The NFL should be concerned about domestic violence, and all women should, too. For more facts go to: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/soraya-chemaly/50-actual-facts-about-dom_b_2193904.html

Caring for Victims

Laurel Hall, Author of Providence, Betrayed, The Sunset Years

 

Author of Providence, Betrayed, The Sunset Years

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