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Far too often we hear things that are horrible in nature but do nothing to act upon them. Let's change this world by making a difference in our local communities and beyond. 

Intimate Partner Abuse

Intimate Partner Violence Is Common

  • About 1 in 4 women and 1 in 10 men have experienced contact sexual violence, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner during their lifetime and reported at least one impact of the violence (like being concerned for their safety).

  • Over 43 million women and about 38 million men experienced psychological aggression by an intimate partner in their lifetime

  • See more data from CDC’s National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS).

Intimate Partner Violence Starts Early

Teen dating violence is a risk factor for intimate partner violence in adulthood. CDC’s Youth Risk Behavior Survey shows that among students who reported dating:

  • About 1 in 12 students experienced physical dating violence, and about 1 in 12 experienced sexual dating violence in the last year.

  • Female students; lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) students; and students not sure of their sexual identity had the highest reports of any and both forms of dating violence (i.e., sexual and physical dating violence).

    • More than 16% of female students experienced dating violence compared to 8% of male students.

    • 22% of LGB students and nearly 19% of students who were not sure of their sexual identity experienced dating violence compared to nearly 11% of heterosexual students.

Intimate Partner Violence is Preventable

All forms of intimate partner violence are preventable. Strategies to promote healthy, respectful, and nonviolent relationships are an important part of prevention.

Programs that teach young people healthy relationship skills such as communication, effectively managing feelings, and problem-solving can prevent violence. These skills can stop violence in dating relationships before it occurs.

Resource Centers

National Domestic Violence Hotlineexternal icon

  • Call 1-800-799-7233 and TTY 1-800-787-3224.

Love Is Respect National Teen Dating Abuse Helplineexternal icon

  • Call 1-866-331-9474 or TTY 1-866-331-8453.

Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network’s (RAINN) National Sexual Assault Hotlineexternal icon

  • Call 800-656-HOPE (4673) to connect with a trained staff member from a sexual assault service provider in your area.

  • Visit rainn.orgexternal icon to chat one-on-one with a trained RAINN support specialist, any time 24/7.

National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV)external icon is a comprehensive source of information for on domestic violence.

The National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC)external icon provides information, resources, and research on all aspects of sexual violence prevention and intervention.

PreventConnectexternal icon is a national project of the California Coalition Against Sexual Assaultexternal icon. PreventConnect’s goal is to prevent sexual assault and relationship violence by building a community of practice to develop, implement, and evaluate prevention initiatives.

No More Stolen Sisters ~ Our Missing Indigenous Women

In 2016 almost 6,000 Indigenous women went missing & since then the number has risen to over 9,000. Help us bring awareness to this matter & take action to change this!

 

For more information on how to get involved please visit ~ https://www.niwrc.org

Facts About Women and Homelessness

  1. Among industrial nations, the US has the largest number of homeless women and the highest number on record since the Great Depression. 

  2. An estimated 50% of all homeless people are women. 

  3. Up to 92% of homeless women have experienced severe sexual or physical assault at some point in their lives. 

  4. 57% of homeless women cite sexual or domestic violence as the direct cause of their homelessness. 

  5. 63% have been victims of violence from an intimate partner. 

  6. 32% have been assaulted by their current or most recent partner. 3

  7. 50% of homeless women experience a major depressive episode after becoming homeless. 

  8. Homeless women have three times the normal rate of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. 

  9. Homeless women are twice as likely to have drug and alcohol dependencies. 

  10. Homeless women between 18 to 44 years old are 5 to 31 times more likely to die than women in the general population. 

  11. Homeless women in their mid-fifties are as physiologically aged as housed women in their seventies. 

  12. Victims of domestic violence experience major barriers in obtaining and maintaining housing and often return to their abusers because they cannot find long-term housing. 

Sourced: Project Renewal Blog: 

https://www.projectrenewal.org/blog/2014/3/13/12-must-know-facts-about-women-and-homelessness

Resources:

1. Colorado Coalition for the Homeless: http://www.coloradocoalition.org/!userfiles/TheCharacteristicsofHomelessWomen_lores3.pdf

2. Homeless Women & Children: The Problem and the Solution http://voices.yahoo.com/homeless-women-children-problem-solution-368646.html

3. National Alliance to end Homelessness http://www.endhomelessness.org/pages/domestic_violence

4. Homelessness in the United States: History, Epidemiology, Health Issues, Women, and Public Policy Med Scape http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/481800 

5. A. Correia, Housing and Battered Women: A Case Study of Domestic Violence Programs in Iowa (Harrisburg: National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, 1999) accessed via "The Dangerous Shortage of Domestic Violence Services"