OCTOBER is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Domestic violenceis an epidemic affecting every community,no matter the age, economic status, sexualorientation, gender, race, religion or nationalityof the victim. Emotional abuse and controllingbehaviors are seen with intimate partnerabuse and are only a fraction of the pattern of dominance and control. It can result in physical injury, psychological trauma and in severe cases, even death; leaving a lifetime of devastating consequences that can cross generations.Louisiana Domestic Violence and sexual assault statistics are staggering. In fact, Louisiana has the highest rate of domestic violence homicide in the nation. The most current information was gathered in 2005:
Rule #1 When Trying to Help a Victim of Domestic Violence:
Believe her. Her description of the violence is only the tip of the iceberg.
• 8,686 women and 4,607 children received domestic violence services from a nonresidential program or in residential shelters in Louisiana.
• More than 3,500 orders for protection were issued.
• 1,562 forcible rapes were reported in 2006 (note that these are only the reported ones).
• In 2005, Louisiana had the third highest number of females murdered by males in the nation.
o 84% of the female victims in Louisiana who were murdered by males knew their offender.
o Twenty of those victims were wives, ex-wives or intimate partners of the offender.
o Fifty-eight percent were murdered with a firearm.
o From 2010 to 2012, the total number of domestic violence homicides in Louisiana was 178.
DID YOU KNOW?
• One in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime and one in thirty-three men have experienced an attempted or completed rape.
• Each year, about 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner.
• Most (73%) of family violence victims are female.
• The cost of intimate partner violence exceeds $5.8 billion each year; $4.1 billion is for direct medical and mental health services.
• Boys who grew up witnessing domestic violence are twice as likely to abuse their own partners and children as adults.
• Increased vulnerability of contracting HIV or other STI’s due to forced intercourse.
• Victims often develop depression and suicidal behavior as well as substance abuse.
• An estimated 50-percent of women in abusive relationships in the United States are physically injured by their partners.
• In the United States, victims of domestic violence lose a total of 8.0 million days of paid work each year.
• The cost of intimate partner violence exceeds $83 billion each year.
• 21-60% of victims lose their jobs for reasons stemming from the abuse.
• From 2003 to 2008, 142 women in abusive relationships were murdered at their place of employment.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
If you are a victim, call the Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-888-411-1333. If you know a victim, reach out and listen.