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When I was 18 and newly married, I was walking past our local library when I saw something that literally changed my life. There was a man standing over a woman who was laying on the ground and he was hitting her. My first impulse was to yell at him to stop before I called the police. Thankfully he stopped, but what really changed me was that there were other people on the street that saw him and did nothing. Nothing at all.
17 Reasons You Should Be Talking About Domestic Abuse
Why is domestic abuse something we aren’t talking about? Why is it something we’re turning away from rather than doing everything in our power to make it stop? Hopefully, these domestic abuse facts will empower people to do something to help.
Domestic Abuse Facts
- 1 in 4 women will experience domestic abuse at some point in their lives.
- Both men and women can be victims of domestic assaults.
- More than 60% of domestic abuse occurrences happen at home.
- Women ages 18 to 34 are most likely to become victims of domestic abuse.
- More than 3 million children experience domestic violence in their homes every year.
- There are 1500 shelters for abuse victims in this country. There are 3800 animal shelters.
- A woman is beaten by her husband or partner every 15 seconds in the United States.
- 25% to 45% of women who are abused are pregnant
- Boys who witness domestic abuse are twice as likely to abuse their partners when they grow up.
- Women with disabilities are 40% more likely to be victims of domestic abuse.
- Only 25% of physical assaults against women are reported to police each year.
- 19% of domestic violence includes a weapon.
- 2 million injuries are caused each year by domestic violence.
- 74% of Americans know someone who has been a victim of domestic abuse.
- Most female victims of domestic abuse were previously abused by the same person.
- The National Domestic Violence Hotline receives an average of 22,000 calls each month.
- 3 or more women are murdered by their boyfriends or husbands each day.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and you can Go Purple (the color of Domestic Violence Awareness) by visiting any Verizon store or going online to purchase exclusive purple accessories, like a headset, phone or tablet case, and HopeLine® from Verizon will donate $1, up to $100,000, to the National Domestic Violence Hotline.
Verizon donates wireless phones through the HopeLine program, complete with minutes and text messaging, to domestic violence shelters and non-profit organizations for use by victims and survivors. Through the HopeLine program, Verizon has donated millions of dollars, thousands of phones and numerous resources to the domestic violence prevention and awareness movement.
Take action against domestic violence by helping HopeLine reach its goal of 1 million phone donations by the end of 2015. Simply drop off your wireless phones, chargers and accessories, from any carrier, at a Verizon store and help support victims and survivors of domestic violence. Please share these domestic abuse facts with others.
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Ellen is a busy mom of a 22-year-old son and 27-year-old daughter. She owns 5 blogs and is addicted to social media. She believes that it doesn’t have to be difficult to lead a healthy life. She shares simple healthy living tips to show busy women how to lead fulfilling lives. If you’d like to work together, email firstname.lastname@example.org to chat.