One in four women is/will be a victim of domestic violence.
According to the U.S. Department of Justice, between 1998 and 2002:http://www.ovw.usdoj.gov/docs/ovw-tdvap-poster.pdf
- Of the almost 3.5 million violent crimes committed against family members, 49% of these were crimes against spouses.
- 84% of spouse abuse victims were females, and 86% of victims of dating partner abuse at were female.
- Males were 83% of spouse murderers and 75% of dating partner murderers.
- 50% of offenders in state prison for spousal abuse had killed their victims. Wives were more likely than husbands to be killed by their spouses: wives were about half of all spouses in the population in 2002, but 81% of all persons killed by their spouse.
so the vast majority of domestic abuse is perpetrated by males, against females.
and what do you think happens among young people, who are barely learning about relationships, sexuality, power, respect and self-worth...? they imitate the abusive, or abused, adults they see. abusive relationships continue, and can begin very, very young.
this week is teen dating violence awareness week in america. breaking the cycle can begin early.