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Domestic Violence Victims
Transcript of Domestic Violence Victims
What is it ?
Relation To Criminal Justice
Atlanta Hotline: 404-688-9436
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Domestic violence is violent or aggressive behavior within the home, typically involving the violent abuse of a spouse or partner.
Every 9 seconds in the US, a woman is assaulted or beaten.
On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. During one year, this equates to more than 10 million women and men.
1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been victims of [some form of] physical violence by an intimate partner within their lifetime.
On a typical day, there are more than 20,000 phone calls placed to domestic violence hotlines nationwide.
Intimate partner violence accounts for 15% of all violent crime.
Women between the ages of 18-24 are most commonly abused by an intimate partner.
19% of domestic violence involves a weapon.
Domestic victimization is correlated with a higher rate of depression and suicidal behavior.
Special laws and policies have been developed throughout the country in an attempt to effectively respond to criminal domestic assaults, including:
Prosecution . Victim/witness support and information services, whether provided by an outside agency or within the prosecutor's office or police department; "no drop" polices; prosecution by an experienced and specialized staff who handles a case from beginning to end; training for police on how to investigate cases so they can be proven without the victim's testimony.
Police . Mandatory or pro-arrest laws or policies; a protocol which requires that police call an outreach worker from a battered women's program, or make some other referral to services for the victim immediately after arrest; investigative and report-writing protocols which streamline evidence collection and make convictions more probable even when the victim is unavailable to testify.
Judges . Use of sentencing options which include educational programming for batterers; probation with conditions, including alcohol treatment, no further violence, or other protective conditions; enhanced penalties for repeat domestic violence offenses; and, jail time.
However, there are concerns about enhanced penalties and jail time. While appropriate in some cases, "more punishment equals more justice" is not necessarily true, either. Some battered women's advocates believe that laws which mandate jail time are problematic because batterers are less likely to plead guilty and because some battered women do not want their abusers to go to jail and are less likely to participate in the prosecution if a conviction means the batterer must go to jail.
We can all take steps to stop domestic violence. If you or a loved one is trying to leave an abusive relationship, it's important to remember the person who is hurting you or your loved one is the person who needs to change. However, your abuser may be unable or unwilling change.
The only way to permanently stop domestic violence is for everyone to no longer try to control and abuse those they love. This goal will take educating our kids to respect their romantic partners by demonstrating respectful, healthy relationships with our spouses and partners.