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Domestic Abuse- What's The Story?

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Getting It Right With Dr Boles

Getting It Right With Dr Boles


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Recent survey showed 1.3 million women and 835,000 men are assaulted by a partner annually in the United States;33% of all female and 4% of male murder victims die at the hands of an intimate partner.

Of 3.5 million violent crimes committed (in 2011), 49%  were crimes against spouses (84% were females); 86% of dating partner abuse were female;13% of adult women (18-34) are victims of completed rape by husbands or ex-husbands; fathers or stepfathers; boyfriends or ex-boyfriends; relatives; friends and neighbors.

Native Americans are victims of rape or sexual assault at more than double the rate of other racial groups.Black females experience intimate partner violence at a rate 35% higher than that of white females, and 22 times the rate of women of other races. The number one killer of African-American women, ages 15 to 34, is homicide at the hands of a current or former intimate partner.Black males experience intimate partner violence at a rate 62% higher than that of white males.  

Twenty percent of female students (ages of 12 -18 ) report physical abuse by a dating partner; forty percent of adolescent mothers report being physically assaulted by their partner;11% of lesbians  and 15% gay men reported violence at the hands of their partners.

Battered women have anxiety disorders, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder; 29% of all women who attempt suicide have been battered .   Children exposed to domestic violence show  PTSD; headaches and behavioral disorders.