The willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior perpetrated by an intimate partner against another. DV is an epidemic affecting individuals in every community, regardless of age, sex, economic status, race, religion, nationality or educational background.
Violence against an intimate partner is often accompanied by emotionally abusive and controlling behavior, and thus is part of a systematic pattern of dominance and control. Domestic violence results in physical injury, psychological trauma, and sometimes death. The consequences of domestic violence can cross generations and truly last a lifetime.
*Information retrieved from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
- One in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime.
- Most cases of domestic violence are never reported. This means that many statistics are showing a much lower number than what actually occurs.
- Children who witness violence in the home is the strongest risk factor of transmitting violence behavior from one generation to the next.
- 30% – 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.
- The economic impact of domestic violence for Tennessee alone is 7.8 million dollars per year. Under Sexual Assault
Sexual assault is any forced, coerced, unwanted sexual contact. While there are specific legal definitions of rape and sexual assault, sexual violence is best understood as a broader continuum of unwanted non-mutual sexual activities that range from subtle to extremely violent.
Sexual assault can include, but is not limited to, the concepts of rape, sexual threats and intimidation, incest, sexual assault by intimate partners, child sexual abuse, human sexual trafficking, sexual harassment, street harassment and other forms of unwelcome, coerced or non-consensual activity. The terms sexual violence and sexual abuse are also often used to describe the wide range of activities that constitute sexual assault.
*Information obtained from WOAR.
- Every 2 minutes another American is sexually assaulted.
- 2/3 of assaults are committed to by someone the victim knows.
- One in four women and one in six men will be sexually assaulted before the age of 18.
- One in twelve college age men admits to doing something that meets the legal definition of sexual assault