Domestic Violence Statistics And How You Can Safely Help
When it comes to feeling truly safe and free from harm, there is no place that should bring you that comfort more than your own home. But it's within homes that one of the most under-reported and scarring crimes takes place: domestic violence. This is a crime that impacts not just the person who is directly assaulted but often anyone else who is home, namely children or younger siblings. In this article, the intention is to shed more light on the annual statistics associated with domestic violence along with what can be done safely to assist a victim. That includes whether someone is in the recovery process, trying to report an incident, or simply looking for hope.
Just one look at the numbers, and other facts, and you will see how it is immediately staggering how much and how often domestic violence impacts our nation's population at large. That means people are effected no matter their race, income level, sexual orientation, etc... Just consider these:
- 25 percent of women experience domestic violence in her lifetime
- More than four million physical assaults and rapes of women occur because of their partners while men are the victims of about three million physical assaults
- One in three women who is a homicide victim is murdered by a former or current partner
- More than three million children witness domestic violence in their homes every year
- More than 60 percent of these incidents happen at home
But perhaps the most staggering fact is that a majority of domestic violence incidents are never reported. The reason for that is, often times, the victims feel helpless, fearful, and ashamed of what's happened to them. And they don't know what to do or who to turn to as a means of getting the help they require. That's where this article can assist either the victim directly or someone who is aware of the incident and wants to help in any way he or she can.
One way that you can help right now is by contributing to Verizon Wireless' HopeLine campaign. Essentially, they collect phones and accessories no longer in use and donate them domestic violence organizations across the United States. If you're interested in taking part, you can bring your phone to one of the stores or to a HopeLine drive. You can also send it to the company with a postage-paid label on it.
HopeLine started back in 2001 as a two-fold initiative that aimed to provide wireless phones to domestic violence victims and make sure that any possible electronic waste was kept out of landfills. Since then, the campaign has expanded significantly and especially in the past few years. In 2012 alone, HopeLine launched an app for smartphone and tablet users while also adding text messaging to the phones they service. The app includes several helpful features for users including the ability to share success stories and text to donate to national domestic violence centers and agencies.
Another way that you can assist domestic violence victims is through volunteering. A quick web search of simple terms such as "domestic violence victim volunteer" will bring you a slew of websites outlining the various ways you can help. You'll be able to sign up and work in different capacities that range from meal preparation assistance to taking part in some of the actual programs offered by the center or organization.
Karen Ogden is a part-time writer who works within a variety of communities as part of domestic violence outreach programs.