Every 9 seconds, a woman is battered in the United States
Domestic violence (also known as intimate partner violence) can be defined as a pattern of behavior where one person controls another through violence, threats of violence, verbal or emotional abuse.
There are no definitive figures associated with domestic violence. They are rich and poor, male and female, all races, religions, education levels and cultures. Controlling behaviors include: physical, verbal and emotional abuse; martial or relationship rape, isolation of family or loved ones, threats, pet abuse, and property destruction.
Over 3 million children are affected by witnessing some form of domestic violence every year in their homes. These children are at a far greater risk of becoming abusers or victims. They learn and grow to accept the abuse and in turn, tend to believe it’s okay to hurt or threaten another individual to get what they want.
Whether it’s women or children, the common message perceived is the person who should love them unconditionally, is the same person they fear the most.