The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports nearly 1 in 3 women have experienced physical violence by an intimate partner at some point in their lives. On average, more than 3 women a day are murdered by their husband or boyfriends. Although it affects people regardless of gender, age, sexual orientation, race or religion, women are much more likely than men to be victimized by a current or former intimate partner (U.S. Department of Justice).
Domestic violence is defined as a range of behaviors used to establish power or exert control by one intimate partner over another. The range of behaviors can include psychological, emotional, verbal, sexual, financial, spiritual, and physical abuse, as well as stalking and threatening behaviors.
Everyone deserves to live a life free of violence. If you or someone you know is experiencing abuse, you can get help by calling one of the 24-hour crisis hotlines. In an emergency, call 9-1-1.