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What is Domestic Violence?

Definition

Domestic violence is the repetitive
and systematic tactics use of abuse by one member in an intimate relationship
to exact power and control over the other member. Relationships subject to
experiencing domestic violence are: family or household members including
spouses / former spouses, those in (or formerly in) a dating relationship,
adults related by blood or marriage, and those who have a biological or legal
parent-child relationship.

Types

•Physical violence
•Sexual violence
•Emotional abuse and sabotage
•Economic injustice
•Intimidation
•Stalking
•Cyberstalking
•Reproductive coercion
•Isolation
•Psychological Abuse
Warning signals and associated
activities of Abusers
•Extreme jealousy
•Tries to control every aspect of
partner’s life
•Bursts of anger
•Constant and seemingly random
disagreements
•Alcohol and drug abuse
•Animal abuse

Who is the victim?

•Anybody can be victimized
Although the majority of victims are
females between the ages of 14 and 44 and the perpetrators are often males
within the same age group, victims are not limited to women alone. Domestic
violence victims are people of both genders, all ethnicities, all religious and
cultural backgrounds, all sexual orientations and all age groups.
•Victims are often reluctant to
report their cases
Approximately one-quarter of all
physical assaults, one-fifth of all rapes, and one-half of all stalkings
perpetrated against females by intimate partners are reported to the police or
any law enforcement officers (National Institute of Justice)
Effects
•Homicide and Fatal Injuries
•Long term emotional and mental
health issues
•Imitation of behavior by witnessing
children
•Fracture of marriages and families

Domestic Violence in the state of
Georgia

•Laws
-Georgia Code – Domestic Relations
Chapter 13 addresses domestic violence
-Led to the creation of the Georgia
Commission of Family Violence (GCFV) which is a state legislature to develop a
comprehensive state plan for ending family violence in Georgia
•Statistics (Source: Georgia
Commission on Family Violence)
-From 2003 through 2013 at least
1,300 Georgia Citizens lost their lives due to domestic violence.
-Georgia was recently ranked 12th in
the nation for its rate of men killing women (Violence Policy Center Annual
Report)
-Since 2003, in 18% of the cases
studied through Georgia’s Domestic Violence Fatality Review Project, children
were present during the domestic violence killing
-Firearms were the cause of death in
up to 76% of the domestic violence fatalities from 2004-2012
-Fatality reviews revealed that in
75% of cases, the victim was employed outside of the home.
-9,548: In 2011, the number of
victims and children who were provided refuge in a Georgia domestic violence
shelter
-2,900: In 2011, the number of
victims who were turned away from a Georgia domestic violence shelter due to
lack of space

 

IF YOU ARE BEING VICTIMIZED OR AN ABUSER, DO NOT BE AFRAID TO SPEAK UP AND ASK
FOR HELP!

 

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