October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

 

Domestic violence is best understood as a pattern of abusive behaviors–including physical, sexual, and psychological abuse as well as economic coercion–used by one intimate partner against another (adult or adolescent) to gain, maintain, or regain power and control in the relationship. Abusers use of a range of tactics to frighten, terrorize, manipulate, hurt, humiliate, blame, injure, and sometimes kill a current or former intimate partner.

·         One in 4 women and 1 in 7 men have been the victim of physical violence by an intimate partner.

·         Forty-four percent of lesbian women, 61%of bisexual women, and 35% of heterosexual women experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime.

·         Twenty-six percent of gay men, 37% of bisexual men, and 29% of heterosexual men experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner at some point in their lifetime.

For more information visit:

-The Office of Victim Assistance Intimate Partner Abuse pages under “get help” tab

-National Coalition Against Domestic Violence http://www.ncadv.org/ 

-Statistics are from the CDC 2010 National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence survey http://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/nisvs/

-Follow our local safe houses: https://www.facebook.com/FollowSPAN (Boulder) AND 

https://www.facebook.com/safeshelterofstvrain (Longmont)