- In the United States a woman is beaten every 9 seconds.
- Each year, intimate partner violence results in an estimated 1,200 deaths and 2 million injuries among women and nearly 600,000 injuries among men
- Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women ages 15-44 in the United States-more than car accidents, muggings and rapes combined
- Almost one-third of female homicide victims that are reported in police records are killed by an intimate partner
- 1/3 of teens are in a violent dating relationship - Learn more
- In 2015, there were nearly 195,00 incidents of family violence in Texas
- 158 Texas women were killed by their intimate partner in 2015, highest ever recorded
- More than 226,000 children and 104,000 adults become victims of sexual assault every year in Texas
- In 2015, there were 9,660 reported family violence incidents in Williamson and Travis counties
- Statewide in 2015, nearly 25,000 victims received emergency shelter from abuse
- In 2015, 206 Texas law officers were assaulted while responding to family violence calls
- According to a 2002 study from the Texas Council on Family Violence, 74% of all Texans have either experienced family violence themselves or have a family member of friend who has experienced family violence
*2015 is most recent data
- Boys who witness domestic violence are twice as likely to abuse their own partners and children as adults
- 50% of girls who grow up in an abusive home will go on to be victims of abuse themselves
- Domestic violence is the leading predictor of child abuse – 30% to 60% of perpetrators of intimate partner violence also abuse children in the household
- Witnessing violence between one’s parents or caretakers is the strongest risk factor of transmitting violent behavior from one generation to the next
- Family violence costs the nation from $5 to $10 billion annually in medical expense, police and court costs, shelters and foster care, sick leave, absenteeism and non-productivity
- The annual cost of lost productivity due to domestic violence is estimated as $727.8 million, with more than 7.9 million paid workdays lost each year
- Every year domestic violence results in almost 100,000 days of hospitalization, almost 30,000 emergency room visits, and almost 40,000 visits to a physician according to WomanKind Inc.
Types of Domestic Abuse
Physical abuse is any intentional and unwanted bodily contact with you. Sometimes abusive behavior does not cause pain or even leave a bruise, but it’s still unhealthy.
Examples of physical abuse include:
- Scratching, punching, biting, strangling or kicking.
- Pushing or pulling you.
- Grabbing your clothing.
- Using a gun, knife, box cutter, bat, mace or other weapon.
- Grabbing your face to make you look at them.
- Grabbing you to prevent you from leaving or to force you to go somewhere.
- Throwing something at you such as a phone, dishes or shoes.
- Pulling your hair.
Escaping Physical Abuse
Start by learning that you are not alone. 1 in 3 women have experienced domestic violence.
- Realize this behavior is wrong.
- Talk to an adult, friend or family member that you trust.
- Contact Hope Alliance to help you create a safety plan for leaving.
- Do not accept or make excuses for your partner’s abusive behavior.
- Remember that physical abuse is never your fault.
*Information from National Domestic Hotline*
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Definitions of Domestic Violence
“Family Violence” is defined in the Texas Family Code (Section 71.004) as (1) An act by a member of a family or household against another member of the family or household that is intended to result in physical harm, bodily injury, assault or sexual assault or that is a threat that reasonably places the member in fear of imminent physical harm, bodily injury, assault or sexual assault, but does not included defensive measures to protect oneself; (2) Abuse by a member of a family or household toward a child of the family or household; or (3) Dating violence as defined by Section 71.0021.
“Dating Violence” is defined in the Texas Family Code (Section 71.0021) as (a) “Dating violence” means an act by an individual that is against another individual with whom that person has or has had a dating relationship and that is intended to result in physical harm, bodily injury, assault or sexual assault or that is a threat that reasonably places the individual in fear of imminent physical harm, bodily injury, assault or sexual assault, but does not include defensive measures to protect oneself. (b) For the purposes of this title, “dating relationship” means a relationship between individuals who have or have had a continuing relationship of a romantic or intimate nature. The existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on consideration of: 1. the length of the relationship; 2. the nature of the relationship; and 3. the frequency and type of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship. (c) A casual acquaintanceship or ordinary fraternization in a business or social context does not constitute a “dating relationship” under Subsection (b).
The Texas Council on Family Violence defines “battering” as a pattern of coercive control that one person exercises over another. Battering is a behavior that physically harms, arouses fear, prevents a woman from doing what she wishes or forces her to behave in ways she does not want. Battering includes the use of physical and sexual violence, threats and intimidation, emotional abuse, and economic deprivation.
National Expert on Family Violence, Barbara Hart, defines Domestic Violence as, “Domestic violence involves a continuum of behaviors ranging from degrading remarks to cruel jokes, economic exploitation, punches and kicks, false imprisonment, sexual abuse, suffocating actions, maiming assaults, and homicide. Unchecked, domestic violence usually increases in frequency and severity. Many victims suffer all forms of abuse. Verbal and emotional abuse may be subtler than physical harm, but this does not mean that it is less destructive to victims. Many have said that the emotional scars take much longer to heal than the broken bones.”
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