Warning Signs of Abuse
- You are not free to come and go as you wish.
- You or your children are emotionally deprived.
- You are verbally attacked or ridiculed.
- You are slapped, kicked, shoved, or threatened with a weapon.
- You are forbidden to have contact with friends and family.
- You are forced to have sex against your will.
- Your economic resources are restricted.
Family Violence Defined
Family violence is an act of assault or coercive control over another person in a family, household, or intimate relationship.That control may take the form of isolation, economic deprivation, or abuse (physical, sexual, or emotional). The desire to exert power or control over another person is at the root of domestic violence.
Family Violence Facts
- Family violence is the leading cause of injury to women age 15 to 44.
- Children who witness violence at home are more likely to become abusers.
- Approximately 1.5 million women are assaulted by an intimate partner each year in the United States.
- Women are victims of intimate violence and homicide at significantly higher rates than men. In 2000, intimate partner violence accounted for 22% of the violent crimes against women compared to 3% of the violent crimes against men.
- Every 9 seconds a woman becomes a victim of domestic violence.