for women

A woman is assaulted or beaten every 9 seconds in the US. Around the world, at least one in every three women has been beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused during her lifetime. Most often, it is happening within her family. Victims of intimate partner violence come from all walks of life—all cultures, all incomes, all ages and religions. And intimate partner violence affects everyone.

Battering is not exclusively a crime again women, but they are the majority of victims. For women, domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women—more than car accidents, muggings and rapes combined. Females are more likely than males to be killed by their spouse. Abuse can range from emotional battering to physical attacks. Emotional abuse can vary but include constant verbal abuse, harassment, excessive possessiveness, isolation from friends or family, financial abuse or destructiono of personal property.

Abusive relationships start in many ways. Often there will be warning signs of potentially abusive behavior such as jealousy, mood swings, subtle paranoia, and frequent drug and/or alchol use. Such behaviors will not only increase but will become worse, leading to abusive behavior. By this point, the victim may stay in the relationship for numerous reasons ranging from children, love, guilt, fear, pride, embarassment, financial dependence, isolation or a combination thereof. The woman can be locked quickly into the cycle of violence.