EVENT: PeacefromDV Walk
EVENT DATE: Oct 01, 2016
Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women between the ages of 15 and 44 in the United States, more than car accidents, muggings, and rapes combined.
There are 1,500 shelters for battered women in the United States. There are 3,800 animal shelters.
Three to four million women in the United States are beaten in their homes each year by their husbands, ex-husbands, or male lovers.
One woman is beaten by her husband or partner every 15 seconds in the United States.
One in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime.
In 1992, the American Medical Association reported that as many as 1 in 3 women will be assaulted by a domestic partner in her lifetime -- 4 million in any given year.
An estimated 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner each year.
85% of domestic violence victims are women.
Police report that between 40% and 60% of the calls they receive, especially on the night shift, are domestic violence disputes.
Police are more likely to respond within 5 minutes if an offender is a stranger than if an offender is known to a female victim.
Battering occurs among people of all races, ages, socio-economic classes, religious affiliations, occupations, and educational backgrounds.
Battering tends to increase and become more violent over time.
Many batterers learned violent behavior growing up in an abusive family.
25% - 45% of all women who are battered are battered during pregnancy.
Domestic violence does not end immediately with separation. Over 70% of the women injured in domestic violence cases are injured after separation.
1 in 12 women and 1 in 45 men have been stalked in their lifetime.
One in 6 women and 1 in 33 men have experienced an attempted or completed rape.
Nearly 7.8 million women have been raped by an intimate partner at some point in their lives.
Witnessing violence between one’s parents or caretakers is the strongest risk factor of transmitting violent behavior from one generation to the next.
Boys who witness domestic violence are twice as likely to abuse their own partners and children when they become adults.
Children who witness violence at home display emotional and behavioral disturbances as diverse as withdrawal, low self-esteem, nightmares, self-blame and aggression against peers, family members and property.
30% to 60% of perpetrators of intimate partner violence also abuse children in the household.
The cost of intimate partner violence exceeds $5.8 billion each year, $4.1 billion of which is for direct medical and mental health services.
Victims of intimate partner violence lost almost 8 million days of paid work because of the violence perpetrated against them by current or former husbands, boyfriends and dates. This loss is the equivalent of more than 32,000 full-time jobs and almost 5.6 million days of household productivity as a result of violence.
There are 16,800 homicides and $2.2 million (medically treated) injuries due to intimate partner violence annually, which costs $37 billion.
One in ten calls made to alert police of domestic violence is placed by a child in the home. One of every three abused children becomes an adult abuser or victim.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found in a national survey that 34 percent of adults in the United States had witnessed a man beating his wife or girlfriend, and that 14 percent of women report that they have experienced violence from a husband or boyfriend. More than 1 million women seek medical assistance each year for injuries caused by battering.
The average prison sentence of men who kill their women partners is 2 to 6 years. Women who kill their partners are, on average, sentenced to 15 years.
Women accounted for 85% of the victims of intimate partner violence, men for approximately 15%.
Between 600,000 and 6 million women are victims of domestic violence each year, and between 100,000 and 6 million men, depending on the type of survey used to obtain the data.
People with lower annual income (below $25K) are at a 3-times higher risk of intimate partner violence than people with higher annual income (over $50K).
On average between 1993 and 2004, residents of urban areas experienced highest level of nonfatal intimate partner violence. Residents in suburban and rural areas were equally likely to experience such violence, about 20% less than those in urban areas.
Nearly three out of four (74%) of Americans personally know someone who is or has been a victim of domestic violence. 30% of Americans say they know a woman who has been physically abused by her husband or boyfriend in the past year.
This family-friendly event aims to educate the community in order to prevent future violence. The money raised will benefit Domestic Violence Services of Southwestern PA’s (DVSSP) preventative efforts as well as provide necessary services to victims and their children in crisis. As the local domestic violence organization serving Washington, Greene, and Fayette counties, DVSSP provided over 8,621 shelter nights to women and children in the 2014-2015 fiscal year alone. Supporting the PeacefromDV Walk not only supports those seeking our services, but also increases awareness and provides support for those experiencing domestic violence. Please help us reach our fundraising goal of $15,000!