The Big Picture...
What domestic violence ISN'T – a male/female power struggle!
This crime affects not only the victim and abuser but also all those around the couple; children, parents, neighbors, friends, employers, fellow employees, society at large, etc.
85% of batterers learn how to use violence in their own home.
50% correlation between domestic violence and child abuse
30–50% of female homicide victims killed by intimates, past or present. Males seldom killed within this context.
30% of females seen in ERs are there because of domestic violence (AMA).
Kids in homes are 1000x more likely to abuse as adults. Recent research from American Psychological Association confirms this study.
Kids kill themselves at 6x the national rate.
Domestic violence victims kill themselves at 6x the rate of other women.
Nearly 75% of all “hostage situations” involve a perpetrator who has issues of domestic violence and job/career threatening problems.
Kids are 74% more likely to commit crimes against other people and 24x as likely to commit rape or sexual assault.
Witnessing domestic violence increases drug/alcohol abuse/teenage pregnancies.
#1 cause of death of women in the workplace is murder usually stemming from domestic violence. Others die as well.
Cost to US businesses? Between 5 and 8 billion dollars!
Who do you think pays the tab?
Does any of us really believe that we get “crooks” because they crawl out from under a rock fully formed and say, “I think I'll commit crime?”
How many prisons do we want to build and pay for?
-Taken from Training on Preventing Domestic Violence with Sergeant Anne O'Dell