Dating physically abused women Adults only dating
Victims come from all walks of life but most often are women.
Power and control Battering constitutes a pattern of behavior that includes the use or threat of violence and intimidation for the purpose of gaining power and controlling another person.
Loss of personal freedom Domestic violence robs women of their fundamental right to maintain control over their own lives.
Nationally •According to a 1995 study by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine: - one in three women is a victim of domestic abuse; - one in every 20 women had experienced violence in the previous year; - one of every five had experienced violence in her adult life; - one in every three had experienced violence as either a child or an adult.
•42% of murdered women are killed by their intimate male partners; •In 1992, 7% of American women (3.9 million) who were married or living with someone as a couple was physically abused, and 37% were verbally or emotionally abused by their partner or spouse.
Dating Violence: •One in every 3 dating relationships is violent; •60% of women in abusive marriages say that physical violence began during dating; •Over 90% of the injuries in dating violence occur to the woman in the relationship; •Only 5% of teens who are battered by their dating partners ever call the police; •33% of teenage girls report physical violence from their date; •Physical violence occurs at a rate of approximately 20-50% in college dating relationships.
Impacting every community Domestic violence occurs regardless of age, race, ethnicity, mental or physical ability, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status and religious background.
ABOUT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE Resources for Domestic Violence Victims YOU COULD BE IN AN ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIP IF....• You constantly worry about your partner’s moods and change your behavior to deal with them; • You feel like you’re walking on egg shells; • Your partner seems like two different people; • You are afraid of your partner’s temper; • You don’t see family or friends to avoid your partner’s jealousy or anger; • Your partner wants to control where you go and what you do; • Your partner wants to be needed for money, or wants to control your money; • You are constantly accused of having affairs; • You are ridiculed, put down or humiliated; • You find yourself doing anything to avoid anger; • Your boyfriend is so jealous & bossy that dating is scary; • Your partner blames you for all the failures in the relationship; • You are accused of being to blame for your partner’s pain; • Your partner screams at you, throws things, breaks or steals your things; • Your partner hurts you in anger or in "play"; • Your partner slaps, pulls, shoves, hits, kicks, burns, punches or restrains you; • Your partner threatens you with a weapon; • Your partner uses alcohol, drugs, or having a bad childhood as excuses for abusive behavior; • Your partner pressures you about having sex or about a particular sex act; • Your partner hurts you during sex or forces you to do sexual things against your will...•According to newspaper reports, on average an adult or child dies every three days in Pennsylvania as the result of a domestic violence related crime.•In 1992, the Pennsylvania Blue Shield Institute estimates the total annual medical cost of domestic violence in PA at 6.6 million - more than the total medical costs for elder abuse, child abuse and street violence combined.Facts about Domestic Violence in US and Pennsylvania •The Pennsylvania State Police reported in 1990 that 39 percent of all women who were victims of homicide in the Commonwealth were victims of domestic violence.