Myths and facts about domestic violence

Myths and facts about domestic violence

MYTH 1

Domestic violence does not affect many people.

FACTS

  • A woman is beaten every 15 seconds. (Bureau of Justice Statistics, Report to the nation on Crime and Justice. The Data. Washington DC Office of Justice Program, US Dept. of Justice. Oct 1983)
     
  • Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women between ages 15 and 44 in the united States - more than car accidents, muggings, and rapes combined. (Uniform Crime Reports, Federal Bureau of Investigation, 1991)
     
  • Battered women are more likely to suffer miscarriages and to give birth to babies with low birth weights. (Surgeon General, United States, 1992)

MYTH 2

Battering is only a momentary loss of temper.

FACTS

  • Battering is the establishment of control and fear in a relationship through violence and other forms of abuse. The batterer uses acts of violence and a series of behaviors, including intimidation, threats, psychological abuse, isolation, etc. to coerce and to control the other person. The violence may not happen often, but it remains as a hidden (and constant) terrorizing factor. (Uniform Crime Reports, Federal Bureau of Investigation, 1990)
     
  • "One in five women victimized by their spouses or ex-spouses report they had been victimized over and over again by the same person." (The Basics of Batterer Treatment, Common Purpose, Inc., Jamaica Plain, MA)

MYTH 3

Domestic violence only occurs in poor, urban areas.

FACTS

  • Women of all cultures, races, occupations, income levels, and ages are battered - by husbands, boyfriends, lovers and partners. (Surgeon General Antonia Novello, as quoted in Domestic Violence: Battered Women, publication of the Reference Department of the Cambridge Public Library, Cambridge, MA)
     
  • "Approximately one-third of the men counseled (for battering) at Emerge are professional men who are well respected in their jobs and their communities. these have included doctors, psychologists, lawyers, ministers, and business executives. (For Shelter and Beyond, Massachusetts Coalition of Battered Women Service Groups, Boston, MA 1990)

MYTH 4

Domestic violence is just a push, slap or punch - it does not produce serious injuries.

FACTS

  • Battered women are often severely injured - 22 to 35 percent of women who visit medical emergency rooms are there for injuries related to ongoing partner abuse. (David Adams, "Identifying the Assaultive Husband in Court: You be the Judge." Boston Bar Journal, 33-4, July/August 1989)
     
  • One in four pregnant women have a history of partner violence. (Journal of the American Medical Association, 1992)

MYTH 5

It is easy for battered women to leave their abuser.

FACTS

  • Women who leave their batterers are at a 75% greater risk of being killed by the batterer than those who stay. (Barbara Hart, National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 1988)
     
  • Nationally, 50 percent of all homeless women and children are on the streets because of violence in the home. (Senator Joseph Biden, U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Violence Against Women: Victims of the System, 1991)
     
  • There are nearly three times as many animal shelters in the United States as there are shelters for battered women and their children. (Senate Judiciary Hearings, Violence Against Women Act, 1990)

Comments

straight forawrd and easy to understand

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Ballarat Australia

This article clears up many misunderstandings people have about domestic abuse. Thank you for putting the truth out there!

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really good info, but it needs to be updated.

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Spring TX

Excellent imformationAll women who are dealing with abuse, get out.

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Brooklyn, NY, 11236

very clear and easy understanding information... im going to be using this for a report so if there is any new information posted, please email me

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Hackettstown, NJ

Being a victom of domestic abuse myself, i find it appauling you think its only female victoms. Thats a myth in its own right. Its great you reconize women as victoms of abuse. But we need more awareness of the fact that men get beat as often as women. If fact, its much less likely to be reported by a beaten husband. I never hit my ex but she sure did hit me,many times. Plz post more info on this.

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Chicagoland, IL

I find it appalling that this site perpetrates the myth that men are always the abusers and women always the victims. This type of misandry must stop. Men are equally as likely to be victims of domestic violence. Also, this site completely ignores the needs of women victims who were abused by female partners. This site needs to stop its male hate mongering and provide accurate factual data.

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Rochester, New York

I think that anyone getting abused weather male or female should seek help in getting away from the abuser...No one deserves to be hit in any way shape or fashion..No one has the right to put thier hands on you or someone you love...heres a solution...superglue ( use your imagination )

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florida

Hello there.As a newbie Muslim I find your site helpful, however as a father's rights activist and someone who understands feminism all too well, I found your page on domestic violence to be deeply flawed.You are simply presenting feminist fallacies as facts. For example:"Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women between ages 15 and 44 in the united States - more than car accidents, muggings, and rapes combined. (Uniform Crime Reports, Federal Bureau of Investigation, 1991)"That is FAKE. A woman is as likely to be hurt by medical malpractise, ie from her own doctor, than hospitalised by her husband.Trips, accidental poisoning, animal bites, car accidents and other such things - how can you begin to imagine "male violence" is the leading cause of injury?The page starts off with the famous "A woman is beaten every 15 seconds" but you don't mention the exact same report, if looking at it in such a manner, states a man is beaten by his wife or female partner every 12 seconds..Domestic violence has long been a favourite weapon of male-hating feminists who seek to destroy the family unit (rarely does one here that a married woman is the least at risk of violence of all women..) much of this comes from early communism. Soviet Russia needed female farm workers to work in heavy industry and also realised that families and religion were what prevented them having complete control over the people, so that set out to smash both, along with private property.Feminism, in the form we know it today (the early version was to help women AVOID work!) is a direct off-shoot from that desire to destroy the family.You really must avoid using feminist "facts" and "figures", even seemingly official looking ones. Quite simply, they lie.Domestic violence is a serious issue, it effects both sexes, young children and the elderly. And when it comes to the elderly and children women commit by far the most of it.Even within couples it is typically the woman who strikes first. Grand talk of how a man should not strike back merely means when an explosive situation occurs there is no restraint at all, just the release of frustration. Women are literally being killed by the notion "you shouldn't hit a woman" when combined with the false belief that it's OK for a woman to hit a man.Please remove the anti-male aspect of your website. You do not have to pander to the male-hating feminists just to prove Islam does not hate women. Have pride, have faith. When did the Prophet, peace be upon him, ever say "apologise for being a man"?The truth is more than sufficient, it is also more important than feminists getting in a snit.Alan CarrChairmanIMNinternational-mens-network.orgPS I have just noticed the other comments saying the same as I do. Why is this stuff still there? And why do you have the "FACT" about the "leading cause of injury" and on the same page the equally fake but lower figure of 35%???

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UK

Because there are other facts out there supporting men who are abused, doesn't make these facts false. Congratulations on a great page!

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California

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