PSYCHOLOGY

It Can Happen In Any House. The Domestic Violence Statistics Show Us Truly Horrible Picture

Date November 7, 2018 18:48

Domestic violence, also known as intimate partner violence, is not just about physical abuse. The definition of domestic violence says that it is a paternal behavior used by one partner to maintain dominance, power, and control over their significant other in an intimate relationship. This means that domestic violence comes in many different forms: from threats and emotional abuse to physical violence. Anyone can become a victim or a perpetrator regardless of gender, age, religion, and race. That is exactly the reason why domestic violence is an extremely important issue. And the numbers can only prove it.

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Domestic violence statistics 2018

First of all, it is worth mentioning that human beings have always been aggressive and violent. We declared wars, organized gladiator fights, and killed thousands of people in the period of the Great Inquisition. Violence is our blood, and that is why it is so difficult to stop its manifestations all over the world. And though the percentage of partner abuse has fallen significantly over the last few years, we still have a long road ahead to solve it once and for all.

  1. Every fourth woman and every seventh man are expected to experience physical violence by their intimate partner.
  2. Every tenth woman is raped by their own intimate partner. Moreover, around 17% of women and 8% of men experience sexual violence (not rape) by their partner. The numbers do not include hundreds of unreported cases.
  3. Around 10% of women and 2% of men are to be stalked by their partner at least once in the lifetime.
  4. As much as half of the population have been or will experience psychological abuse and aggression by their partners.
  5. As much as one-quarter of male victims of rape were first raped at the age of 10 or even younger.

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Domestic violence statistics by race

Women who have experienced domestic violence:

  • American Indian (around 48%);
  • Alaska Native (47%);
  • non-Hispanic Black (45%);
  • non-Hispanic White (37%);
  • Hispanic (around 34,5%);
  • Asian (18%).

LGBT domestic violence statistics

Domestic violence happens not only inside traditional couples. People of the LGBT community also suffer from this issue:

  1. 3 in 5 bisexual and 2 in 5 lesbians experience some kind of domestic violence forms.
  2. Every third bisexual man and every fourth gay man will experience domestic violence.

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Domestic violence shocking facts and myths

The prevalence of the issue proves that it is so much more serious and that it should bring more attention. It was estimated that nearly 40% of male victims of domestic abuse do not tell anyone about it. On the other hand, only 12% of women remain silent.

  1. Many people believe that domestic violence is a family matter, but in fact, it is not. Domestic abuse is a criminal offense and punished by law. Since we all live in the same society, domestic abuse in one family impacts others.
  2. Lots of people still think domestic abuse is not that big of a deal. In reality, as many as 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men experience it. The numbers prove that it’s not just a serious issue, it’s a huge one for sure!
  3. Some may think that some women ask for violence or even deserve it. But it is simply not true. The time of gladiator fights has gone. No one deserves to be assaulted or abused. The abuser is wrong in every case.
  4. Another myth is that domestic violence occurs due to alcohol and drugs. The studies show that although alcohol and drugs may overlap with the issue of domestic violence, it mostly happens when sober.
  5. Domestic abuse can happen just ones. Unfortunately, this is also not true. The fact is that domestic abuse is a behavioral pattern, so the abuser will continue to behave the way they are used to.
  6. Another common misconception is that the victim would leave were things that bad. Believe it or not, in most cases, the opposite happens. It can be extremely hard for the victim to leave due to many different emotional, psychological, and financial difficulties. Often, the victims have little to no self-esteem and no hope for a better life.
  7. It is easy to identify an abuser. Wrong. Like we have already written at the beginning of the article, anyone can become a victim or a perpetrator of domestic violence. And in fact, good-looking, charming people happen to be abusers more often than stereotypical aggressive, nasty men.

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Domestic violence happens everywhere. It can happen in the most loving, caring, and educated family, simply because these factors have nothing to do with domestic violence. Last year, as many as 13 men and 82 women died on their partner’s hands because of this horrible behavior, and the abusers had different stories to tell. So what can we do about it? We can educate ourselves and report domestic violence. We can spread our knowledge and raise awareness!

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