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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month!


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The purpose of Domestic Violence Awareness Month is to mourn those who have died because of domestic violence, celebrate those who have survived, and to engage communities with those who work to end domestic abuse.


Domestic Violence - or Intimate Partner Violence - is a pattern of abusive behaviors including physical, sexual, emotional, and psychological attacks as well as economic coercion that are used by one intimate partner to gain or maintain power and control over the other in a relationship or former relationship. Batterers use a range of tactics to frighten, terrorize, manipulate, hurt, blame and often injure and sometimes kill a current or former intimate partner.


Statistics:

  • Every 9 seconds a woman in the U.S. is assaulted or beaten

  • 20 people per minute are abused by an intimate partner, 10 million people a year are abused by an intimate partner

  • 1 in 3 women, and 1 in 4 men in the U.S. will experience domestic abuse in their lifetimes

  • 85% of all victims of domestic violence are women

  • Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women- higher than car accidents, muggings and rape combined

  • An estimated 3.3 million children in the U.S. each year, will witness violence against their mother, or female caretaker by a family member

  • 72% if all murder-suicides involve an intimate partner; 94% of the victims of these crimes are female

  • 1 in 5 teenage girls said they have been in a relationship where the boyfriend threatened violence or self-harm if a breakup was to occur

  • 175,000 workdays were missed by American employees each year on account of domestic violence

    Statistics in Colorado:

  • 1 in 7 people in Colorado have experienced relationship violence

  • Less than 40% of incidents of relationship violence are reported to law enforcement

  • 33 people in Colorado died as a result of relationship violence in 2017

Sources: domesticshelters.org, padv.org, ncadv.org, standupcolorado.org