For decades, it has happened behind closed doors. People have whispered, but no one has dared to discuss it openly – let alone admit to having experienced it themselves. Most victims assume they are all alone, but they don’t realize that as many as 1 in 3 women and will experience it at some point in their lives.
It’s time to break the silence about domestic violence. Every woman, man, and child deserves to have a supportive, loving relationship, and no victim should ever feel in any way responsible for their abuse. As a limited licensed psychologist in Michigan, I have had the opportunity work with several victims of domestic violence, and my heart goes out to each and every one of you. In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, I wanted to take this opportunity shed some light on domestic violence and offer my assistance to anyone who has been a victim.
10 Staggering Domestic Violence Statistics
As much as we would all like to convince ourselves otherwise, domestic violence is still a very real issue for thousands of men and women all over the world. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) offers some sobering statistics:
1. In the U.S. alone, a woman is beaten or assaulted every 9 seconds.
2. 15% of all violent crime is committed by intimate partners.
3. On a national level, domestic violence hotlines receive over 20,000 phone calls per day.
4. In the U.S., an average of nearly 20 people are physically abused by an intimate partner every minute.
5. 1 in 7 women (and 1 in 18 men) have been stalked with the threat of violence by an intimate partner during their lifetime.
6. 1 in 5 women (and 1 in 7 men) have been victims of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime.
7. Women between the ages of 18-24 are most commonly abused by an intimate partner.
8. In the U.S., 1 in 5 women (and 1 in 71 men) are raped in their lifetime.
9. Only 34% of people who are injured by intimate partners receive medical care for their injuries.
10. 72% of all murder-suicides involve an intimate partner; 94% of the victims of these murder-suicides are female.
Don’t Be Afraid To Break The Silence
Without the support and bravery of men and women who are standing up and making their journeys known, the pattern will keep repeating itself. It takes all of us working together, each in our own ways, to bring an end to domestic violence. For some people, “breaking the silence” means standing on stage in front of thousands of people, telling their stories. For others, “breaking the silence” can be as simple as meeting with an online therapist in Michigan to work through their personal experiences.
Are You A Victim Of Domestic Violence? Contact Me For Support.
Physical injuries are only part of the challenges victims of domestic violence face. They must also overcome mental and emotional trauma – and sometimes, this proves even more challenging than recovering from physical injuries. If you or someone you know has experienced domestic violence, I would be honored to work with you to overcome these challenges. I understand how daunting it can be to sign up for domestic violence counseling services, and I promise to meet you on your level and work with your unique needs. If you have questions about how I can help you as online therapist, please give me a call! I genuinely look forward to talking with you.