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Understanding Domestic Violence

DV 101

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1 in 3 women will experience domestic violence or sexual assault in her lifetime.

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1 in 6 men will experience domestic violence in his lifetime.

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1 in 5 high school students report being physically and/or sexually abused by a dating partner.

  • Estimates of elder abuse range up to 10 percent with at least 5 million elders experiencing financial exploitation and abuse each year by someone they depend on for care and protection.
  • Attempting to leave an abusive, controlling partner is difficult and dangerous.
  • Witnessing domestic abuse has devastating effects on the social, emotional, and cognitive development of children.
  • Recent homicides in local suburban communities brutally expose the lethal consequences of domestic terror left hidden and unaddressed.
  • Our suburbs are not immune to domestic violence.
  • Domestic violence is prevalent in all cultures, all communities and all neighborhoods.