Domestic Violence is a problem that affects every community across the country. Victims and abusers come from all ethnic groups and all cultures, all backgrounds, among all ages, all income levels, all faiths, all relationship types, and all education levels.
Who is abused?
- Women and Men: Women are more likely to be abused, but men may also be victims. Department of Justice reports that 85% of victims are women. Abuse can occur in both heterosexual and same sex relationships.
- Older Victims: It’s important to know that elder abuse IS Family Violence. Most of the perpetrators are family members or caretakers in a position of trust.
- Children: 50% to 70% of men who assault their partners also abuse their children.
- Adolescents: It is estimated that 1 in 4 teens have been involved with someone abusive. In many situations, teens do not recognize they are being abused until serious emotional and/or physical damage is done.
- People who abuse others can be of any age, sex, race, sexual orientation, or educational level. They can be rich or poor, and work in any occupation.
- Men who witness domestic violence as children are more at risk of being abusive as adults. Domestic violence is a learned behavior, therefore, it can be unlearned.