Did You Know?

Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women—more than car accidents, muggings, and rapes combined. Around the world, at least one in every three women has been beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused during her lifetime. Most often, the abuser is a member of her own family. Studies suggest that up to 10 million children witness some form of domestic violence annually.

Domestic violence is considered one of the most pressing issues in American society. Everyone quotes the statistics given by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence: 1 in 4 women will be victims of domestic violence at some point in their lives, 1.3 million women are assaulted by their partner every year, 85% of domestic violence reported is against women. However, in a conflicting survey taken by the CDC in 2010, it was found that 40% of the victims of severe, physical domestic violence are men.

For immediate assistance, please call the Florida Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-500-1119 or TDD (800) 621-4202

Facts about Domestic Violence

  • Alcohol or substance abuse does NOT cause perpetrators of domestic violence to abuse their partners, though it is frequently used as an excuse.
  • Most victims of domestic violence leave their abusers, often several times. It may take a number of attempts to permanently separate because abusers use violence, financial control, or threats about the children, to compel victims to return.
  • Stress or unemployment does not cause batterers to abuse their partners. Since domestic violence cuts across socioeconomic lines, domestic abuse cannot be attributed to unemployment or poverty.
  • Studies show that in 50-70% of cases in which a parent abuses another parent, the children are also physically abused.

Myths about Domestic Violence

  • Domestic violence is not a problem in my community.
  • Domestic violence only happens to poor women and women of color.
  • Some people deserve to be hit.
  • Alcohol, drug abuse, stress, and mental illness cause domestic violence.
  • Domestic violence is a personal problem between a husband and a wife.
  • If it were that bad, she would just leave.
  • Victims of domestic violence like to be beaten.
  • Low self-esteem causes victims to get involved in abusive relationships.
  • Children are not affected when one parent abuses the other.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Domestic Violence Awareness Month evolved from the first Day of Unity observed in October, 1981 by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The intent was to connect battered womens advocates across the nation who were working to end violence against women and their children. The Day of Unity soon became a special week when a range of activities were conducted at the local, state, and national levels.