Startling Domestic Violence Stats and the Work Being Done to Support Victims
Did you know:
- Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women.
- 1 in 3 teens report experiencing abuse in their dating relationships.
- 23% of homeless women surveyed locally in January 2010 were homeless because of domestic violence.
- One-half of all females murdered in Marion County in 2010 were murdered by their partner.
- Homicide is the number one cause of death for women in the workplace. 20% of the victims were murdered by their partner.
- There are still local judges who make decisions that put women at risk – e.g., mandate very low bonds ($50) for domestic violence offenders or allow joint visitation for children (which forces the victim to face her abuser).
I recently met with Domestic Violence Network (DVN) for an update on the organization’s activities. DVN was asked by Mayor Ballard to lead the community in a Coordinated Community Response (CCR) to domestic abuse. A CCR is a system of networks, agreements, processes and applied principles between organizations to coordinate the response to domestic abuse by promoting protection of victims and their families and holding perpetrators accountable and offering services for change. It will involve the criminal justice system, government, the health care system, schools, clergy, media, employers and social service providers.
In Fall 2011, the report State of Domestic Abuse was released, which was partly funded by Women’s Fund. This report details domestic violence statistics. Part of the CCR is data collection and improved future reports will include more precise data as the state of domestic abuse in central Indiana is collected and evaluated. The information will also allow law enforcement to track individual abusers through the system.
As Women’s Fund states: “domestic violence and sexual assault impacts women and their families and knows no boundary by race, age, income, or socioeconomic status.” I encourage you to learn more about domestic violence and to find your way to support women in our community who have experienced domestic violence. Click here to learn what Women's Fund does in support of this issue.
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