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Need stats on domestic abuse
November 11, 1999
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I am doing a paper on domestic abuse suffered by women and the effects on kids in the home. Does anyone know where I can get REAL stats on this, from a reliable source???


November 17, 1999
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well, nobody seems to answer. This is propably because you won't get any real stats. One of the characteristics of domestic abuse is that it is still something that is hidden. The best you can hope for, is stats from the police about how many arrests etc. thy made for domestic abuse. This will be only a minor fraction of the real numbers. All estimates about real numbers are more or less biased, but couldn't you discuss just that in your paper?

November 18, 1999
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Every year in the US there are over 3 million incidents of domestic violence. Every 9 seconds someone is beaten.

Over 4000 victims of demestic violence is killed every year. 95% of victims are women.

Domestic violence causes more injuries to women in the USA between ages 15 and 44 than car accidents, muggings and rapes combined.

Nearly a third of the women who seek care from hospital emergency rooms are there for injuries resulting from domestic violence.

I got this information from a website. There is all kinds of information all over the internet that really isn't hard to find when searching...try wording your search differently...ie. domestic abuse, domestic violence, emotional abuse, verbal abuse, etc. You can also try tapping into state police websites. I know I can get onto the Illinois State Police site to check the registered sex offenders in my city. See what you can find there.

here's the url I got my info from:


November 18, 1999
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Do you want real stats or real info?
Domestic abuse hotlines can lead you to much, also children who witness violence against their mother grow up to be either violators (abusors) or victims of abuse, unless there one parent gets out and their is intervention and counselling in the life and mind of the child. A stable, loving home (after the fact) with a healing mother can do much to heal the children. Some children may become stronger, as adversity as a way of doing.......It isnt always cut and dry.
Try to get info from the women who work one on one with the women and children in transition houses or counselling agencies.
IT is a horrible cycle that is very prevalent in our society.
Only trust, love and knowledge can change things for these people

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Here's the information posted at allabout counseling on the Domestic Violence Page:

Is domestic violence really a major problem for our society?

Statistics have suggested violence is perpetrated against women in almost half of all marriages. Statistics gathered from
1994 indicate domestic violence causes almost 100,000 days of hospitalization, 30,000 emergency room visits, 40,000 trips to
the doctor every year, and 50% of all homeless women and their children are fleeing domestic violence. In the US, male
partners beat almost 4 million women every year.

Does battering happen more often in the US than in other places?

As far as we know, it doesn't. Domestic violence is not reported very well and is therefore hard to measure. But based on
surveys from shelters and so forth, the US may have less battering than some other nations around the world. However, if
all women in the US victimized in 1993 held hands, the line would stretch from New York City to beyond Las Angeles. So,
it's a relative issue whether battering happens more in the US than in other places. It happens too much everywhere.

How are children affected by battering?

A few things we know. In batterer’s groups we find over 50% of battering men came from homes where the male in the
family was either very violent or controlling. In these homes, family members walked in fear of the male because of
threats, or frequent violence directed at his mate, the children, or both. And even if no violence was directed at the children,
they were witnesses to violence.

More than 3 million children witness acts of domestic violence every year. Also more than 1/2 of abused women who are
mothers, beat their own children. Children of abused women are 6 times more likely to attempt suicide and 50% more likely
to abuse drugs and alcohol. So it's a pretty heavy load on children who either witness domestic violence or are immediate
victims themselves.

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