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Domestic Violence

Each year, as many as 4 million American women are abused by their husbands, boyfriends, ex-husbands, or intimate partners, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. Sadly, the number of abuse victims is likely much higher as it is believed that only 20 percent of rapes or sexual assaults, 25 percent of physical assaults, and 50 percent of stalkings by intimate partners are reported. Although domestic violence affects women of every social, economic, racial, religious and age group, women of American Indian/Alaskan Native, African-American, and Hispanic women are more likely to suffer abuse, as are young women and those living below the poverty line.

Intimate partner violence (IPV) is the most common cause of injury to women ages 15 to 44 and it comes in many different forms, including physical, sexual, emotional, economic, and psychological. But every type of abuse is defined as one partner using physical force, threats, manipulation, intimidation, isolation or other behavior to gain or maintain power and control over the other partner.

The damage inflicted by abuse can be wide-ranging and life-threatening. According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control), IPV results in nearly 2 million injuries and 1,300 deaths nationwide every year. The physical wounds these women suffer include bruises, knife wounds, broken bones, central nervous system disorders, symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder, and gastrointestinal disorders. The psychological consequences of abuse can include depression, suicidal behavior, anxiety, low self-esteem, and antisocial behavior.

Are You Being Abused?

There is often a fine between heated arguments and abuse, and an abusive relationship can evolve slowly over time - it may be hard to determine if and when abuse begins. If you feel you may be abused, ask yourself these questions (provided by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists):

Does the person you love:

  • Threaten to hurt you or your children?
  • Say it's your fault if he or she hits you, then promises it won't happen again (but it does)?
  • Put you down in public or keep you from contacting family or friends?
  • Throw you down, push, hit, choke, kick, or slap you?
  • Force you to have sex when you don't want to?

If you answered yes to just one of these questions you are involved in an abusive relationship.

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