Domestic violence is a problem that is hidden and silenced, yet increasingly visible in society. Domestic violence does not discriminate against race, gender, sexual orientation or socioeconomic status.
Despite many sources and numbers, all stats agree is that the growth of domestic violence reporting is alarming. According to the statistics of the Department of Justice:
- 1 in 4 women in the U.S. has experienced violence firsthand.
- What’s more, according to these numbers, more than 20 million women have been victims of rape.
- Nearly every year, just over 15 million children are exposed to violence at home.There is evidence that children raised in an environment of domestic violence may become abusers when they become adults.
- A woman is beaten every 15 seconds in this country, which is the main cause of injury in women between 15 and 44 years of age.
- On average, 10 women are killed every day by their partners
- It is estimated that 1 in 6 women and 1 in 33 men will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime.
- The college-age women are 4 times more likely to be sexually assaulted.
- Every 2 minutes someone in America is sexually assaulted.
- Over 60% of sexual assaults go unreported to police.
- 73% of rape victims know their attackers.
- Only 6% of rapists ever spend a day in jail.
- About 50% of all incidents of sexual assault occurring within 1 mile (1.6 km) from home.
- 4 out of 10 occur in the home of the victim. 2 out of 10 occur in the home of a friend, neighbor or relative.
- In 1 in 3 sexual assaults, the perpetrator was intoxicated with alcohol or any drugs.
Being a victim of violence is devastating. If you or someone you know needs help, you can use any of these resources:
Sources: Department of Justice, Bureau of Statistics, National Center for Victims of Violence and the Justice Department.
Expediente Rojo Project (Code Red), is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing the Latino community with information about crime in their communities. Visit Expediente Rojo’s website, follow them on Facebook or on Twitter @Expediente_Rojo.
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