All too often women find themselves in abusive relationships where the man that is supposed to love and protect them hurts them. Sometimes it’s hard to reach out for help when you are being physically abused by your significant other. We understand, and our attorneys will offer you a completely confidential meeting to discuss your situation and your options including shelters, counselors, and legal action.
Many courts understand how difficult it is to make a decision to leave your home and family because of abuse and will issue protective orders (both temporary and permanent) to protect you and your children from physical abuse. A court can issue an order removing the perpetrator from the home and order him to not contact you and your children for a period of time. Our attorneys take domestic violence very seriously and will fight to help ensure your safety.
Prevalence of Domestic Violence Estimates range from 960,000 incidents of violence against a current or former spouse, boyfriend, or girlfriend per year and 1,000,000 - 3,000,000 women who are physically abused by their husband or boyfriend per year.
According to a 1998 Commonwealth Fund survey, nearly one-third of American women (31 percent) report being physically or sexually abused by a husband or boyfriend at some point in their lives. Nearly 25 percent of American women report being raped and/or physically assaulted sometime in their lifetime by
a current or former spouse, cohabiting partner, or date (National Violence Against Women Survey conducted from November 1995 to May 1996.)
Thirty percent of Americans say they know a woman who has been physically abused by her husband or boyfriend in the past year.In the year 2001, more than half a million American women (588,490 women) were victims of nonfatal violence committed by an intimate partner.
Intimate Partner Violence
Intimate partner violence is primarily a crime against women. In 2001, women accounted for 85 percent of the victims of intimate partner violence (588,490 total) and men accounted for approximately 15 percent of the victims (103,220 total).While women are less likely than men to be victims of violent crimes overall, women are five to eight times more likely than men to be victimized by an intimate partner.In 2001, intimate partner violence made up 20 percent of violent crime against women. The same year, intimate partners committed three percent of all violent crime against men. As many as 324,000 women each year experience intimate partner violence during their pregnancy.Women of all races are about equally vulnerable to violence by an intimate.
Male vs. Female Domestic Violence Statistics
Male violence against women does much more damage than female violence against men; women are much more likely to be injured than men.The most rapid growth in domestic relations caseloads is occurring in domestic violence filings. Between 1993 and 1995, 18 of 32 states with three year filing figures reported an increase of 20 percent or more.Women are seven to 14 times more likely than men to report suffering severe physical assaults from an intimate partner.
Source of Facts: Family Violence Prevention Fund