Defense Against Crime

04/10/2012

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Domestic Violence Awareness Month was created in 1987 to promote increased rights and services for domestic violence victims; to educate the public about the ongoing and silent crisis of domestic violence and the prevalence of this epidemic in all of our lives; and to encourage involvement and support for domestic violence victims and those who serve them. Domestic violence is the number one public health issue for women and impacts nearly one in seven men and more than 3 million children. Additionally, nearly three out of four people living in the United States know someone who has been a victim of domestic violence. Just to give you a better picture domestic violence affects 145 women every hour in the U.S. On average, three women die every day as a result.

Where in the United States it is worse

  1. Nevada, with a rate of 2.96 per 100,000;
  2. Vermont with a rate of 2.54 per 100,000;
  3. Alabama with a rate of 2.07 per 100,000;
  4. North Carolina with a rate of 2.05 per 100,000;
  5. Tennessee with a rate of 1.97 per 100,000;
  6. Texas at sixth with a rate of 1.72 per 100,000;
  7. Arkansas with a rate of 1.71 per 100,000;
  8. Missouri with a rate of 1.71 per 100,000;
  9. South Carolina with a rate of 1.69 per 100,000;
  10. Georgia with a rate of 1.66 per 100,000.

Nationally, the rate of women killed by men in single victim/single offender instances was 1.26 per 100,000. Nationwide, 1,817 females were murdered by males in single victim/single offender incidents in 2008. Where weapon use could be determined, firearms were the most common weapon used by males to murder females (858 of 1,662 homicides or 52 percent). Of these, 71 percent (608 of 858) were committed with handguns.

In cases where the victim to offender relationship could be identified, 92 percent of female victims (1,564 out of 1,694) were murdered by someone they knew. Of these, 64 percent (997 out of 1,564) were wives or intimate acquaintances of their killers.

This data is according to the new Violence Policy Center report and the Federal Bureau of Investigations Statistical Data

Where Do we Go from Here

This disturbing data clearly illustrates how domestic violence can escalate to homicide. More resources need to be made available to protect women and prevent such tragedies. Eliminating domestic violence requires collaborative prevention and response efforts from criminal justice professionals, victims’ service providers, prosecutors, health care providers, educators and elected officials, among others.

Survival Tips

If you are at home & you are being threatened or attacked:

  • Stay away from the kitchen or garage (your abuser can find weapons, like knives, there)
  • Stay away from bathrooms, closets or small spaces where your abuser can trap you
  • Get to a room with a door or window to escape
  • Get to a room with a phone to call for help; lock the abuser outside if you can
  • Call 911 (or your local emergency number) right away for help; get the dispatcher’s name
  • If you have a two way alarm system – hit the emergency button
  • carry Pepper Spray if you need to incapacitate your attacker
  • Think about a neighbor or friend you can run to for help
  • If a police officer comes, tell him/her what happened; get his/her name & badge number
  • Get medical assistance if you are hurt
  • Take pictures of bruises or injuries

Call a domestic violence program or shelter (1.800.656.HOPE); ask them to help you make a safety plan!


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5 Comments

  1. Thanks for your important work. My wife and I produced this video using my original song, “Don’t Feel Like Heaven Anymore,” in order to heighten awareness regarding violence against women. Here is the link: http://youtu.be/R7ULJnApayw

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    Comment by Dr. Kai — 04/10/2012 @ 2:56 PM

  2. I absolutely love your blog and find a lot of your post’s to be precisely what I’m looking for. Would you offer guest writers to write content for yourself? I wouldn’t mind composing a post or elaborating on a lot of the subjects you write regarding here. Again, awesome blog!

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    Comment by Andrea A Johnson — 09/10/2012 @ 10:58 AM

  3. Women of all race and creed can be a target for domestic violence, most often ending in the woman being killed. Domestic Violence affects everyone, so let’s address the violence against women in general and why this happens. I want to write more, but my dog is giving me my walking orders…perhaps I’ll write more later.

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    Comment by dieta — 24/10/2012 @ 6:00 PM

  4. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month Personal Protection and Security has been added to my bookmarks. I can not wait to read even more about this subject.

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    Comment by Lavette Lozowski — 03/11/2012 @ 2:37 PM


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