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Domestic Violence

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THE STORY:

Domestic violence is the skeleton in the closet that no one wants to talk about. "It will never happen to me" and "It won't happen again" are normal thoughts for victims of domestic violence. Most times the victim views the abuser as a person they love, cherish and need to protect. Violence is violence. Everyone is susceptible to domestic violence regardless of age, race, sexual identity, or social status. 


Many die before they are able to find their voice against domestic violence; I am one of the lucky ones. Seventeen years ago Haven Women's Center of Stanislaus stepped into my life and helped me save the lives of my children and myelf, finally breaking free from years of abuse by my ex husband. Today I am a survivor, no longer a victim frightened to share my story with those who need to hear it. 


National Domestic Violence Statistics: 

1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 mean will experience severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime. 

1 in 10 women in the United States will be raped by an intimate partner in her lifetime. 

Approximately 16.9% of women and 8% of men will experience sexual violence other than rape by an intimate partner at some point in their lifetime. 

An estimated 10.7% of women and 2.1% of men have been stalked by and intimate partner during their lifetime. 

Nearly half of all women and men in the United States will experience psychological aggression by and intimate partner in their lifetime. Over half of female and male victims of rape, physical violence and/or stalking by an intimate partner experienced some form of intimate partner violence for the first time before 25 years of age.

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