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Alarming Domestic Violence Statistics

 Posted on July 19, 2016 in Domestic Violence

Lombard domestic violence attorneyDomestic violence cases are, unfortunately, all too common in Illinois. Thousands of Americans are affected by domestic violence each day, and the harmful consequences of do not stop after a victim has been separated from an abuser. Unfortunate after-effects such as low self-esteem, suicidal thoughts, and post-traumatic stress disorder often plague victims for years after being abused. For this reason, it is important that victims seek help if they are dealing with domestic violence.

Fortunately, victims of domestic violence in Illinois are able obtain an order of protection or a restraining order to get themselves out of harm's way. Many victims, however, suffer silently, afraid or unable to report the abuse inflicted against them. Below are many alarming statistics from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence on the current state of domestic violence in America. Keep in mind that many victims do not report the domestic violence they experience, so many of these numbers may actually be higher.

Did You Know...

  • In the United States, a woman is assaulted or beaten once every 9 seconds;
  • 1 in 3 American women and 1 in 4 American men have experienced physical violence of some kind from an intimate partner. 1 in 5 women and 1 in 7 men have experienced some form of severe violence from an intimate partner in their lifetime;
  • Each year, 10 million women and men are abused by an intimate partner That works out to an average of nearly 20 incidents of intimate partner abuse every minute;
  • There are over 20,000 phone calls made to domestic violence resource hotlines nationwide each day;
  • 1 in 7 women say they have been stalked by an intimate partner to the extent that they feared they would be harmed or killed;
  • When a gun is present in a domestic violence situation, the likeliness of death increases by 500 percent;
  • In America, violence from intimate partners makes up 15 percent of all violent crime;
  • Nearly 20 percent of domestic violence includes a weapon of some kind;
  • Only 34 percent of those injured by an intimate partner receive the medical care they need for their injuries;
  • Women ages 18 to 24 are the most at risk for intimate partner abuse;
  • Domestic violence in America costs upwards of 8 billion dollars each year; and
  • Victims of domestic violence miss a total of 8 million paid workdays every year?

Help Is Available

Those suffering from domestic violence do not need to be silent victims. Help is available. At A. Traub & Associates, we understand the pain a domestic violence victim experiences and offer both short-term and long-term solutions to help protect victims. If you are experiencing domestic violence, call 630-426-0196 today to learn more about how a qualified Lombard family law attorney can help you.


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