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By Indya Neely

Domestic Violence is primarily a crime against women even though. In 2001, women accounted for 85% of the victims of domestic partner violence and men accounted for approximately 15% of the victims.

  1. On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. During one year, this equates to more than 10 million women and men.
  2. 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been victims of  physical violence by an intimate partner within their lifetime.
  3. 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men have been victims of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime.
  4. 1 in 7 women and 1 in 18 men have been stalked by an intimate partner during their lifetime to the point in which they felt very fearful or believed that they or someone close to them would be harmed or killed.
  1. Call the police if you see or hear evidence of domestic violence.
  2. Speak out publicly against domestic violence. For example, if you hear a joke about beating your spouse, let that person know you aren't ok with that kind of humor.
  3. Maintain a healthy, respectful romantic relationship as a model for your children and others.
  4. Refer your neighbor, co-worker, friend, or family member to a domestic violence outreach organization if you suspect he or she is being abused.
  5. Consider reaching out to your neighbor, co-worker, friend, or family member that you believe is being abusive by talking to him or her about your concerns. › Learn About The Law › Family Law › Domestic Violence