Domestic Violence In the United States

Domestic violence, also known as intimate partner violence (IPV), is defined as “a pattern of actions that physically injure, generate fear, restrict a partner from doing what they want, or force them to behave in ways they don’t want,” according to the National Domestic Violence Hotline. Physical and sexual aggression, threats and intimidation, mental abuse, and economic hardship are all examples of this type of behavior. Within the same intimate relationship, several of these distinct types of domestic violence/abuse might occur at the same time.”

“In the United States, one in every four women (24.3%) and one in every seven males (13.8%) aged 18 and older have been the victim of severe physical abuse by an intimate partner at some point in their lives.”

The rates differ depending on race and/or ethnicity. Despite the fact that black women make up less than 10% of the adult female population in the county, 25.4 percent of them have experienced domestic abuse. Despite the fact that Latinas make up over half of the county’s adult female population, just 13.1 percent of them have experienced domestic violence.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Domestic violence, also known as spousal abuse, battering, or intimate partner violence, occurs when a person with whom the abuser has an intimate or romantic connection is victimized. “Physical violence, sexual violence, stalking, and psychological aggression (including coercive acts) by a current or former intimate partner” is defined by the CDC as “physical violence, sexual violence, stalking, and psychological aggression (including coercive acts) by a current or former intimate partner.”

Family and domestic violence have no bounds. Regardless of culture, color, religion, or social class, violence happens in personal relationships. Domestic violence, whether in the form of emotional, psychological, sexual, or physical assault, is ubiquitous in our culture, and all healthcare practitioners should learn to detect it and make appropriate referrals.

Every year, an estimated ten million people in the United States are victims of domestic abuse. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, an intimate partner physically abuses nearly 20 individuals every minute. About 1 in 4 women and 1 in 9 men are victims of serious intimate partner physical violence, sexual abuse, and/or stalking, which can result in damage, PTSD, STDS, and other problems.

State-by-State Domestic Violence Statistics

  1. Oklahoma
    Domestic violence, such as intimate relationship physical abuse, intimate partner rape, or intimate partner stalking, affects 49.1% of Oklahoma women and 40.7 percent of Oklahoma men at some point in their lives.
  2. Kentucky
    With 45.3 percent of women and 35.5 percent of males having suffered domestic abuse, Kentucky has the highest rates in the country.
  3. Arizona
    With 42.6 percent of women and 33.4 percent of males reporting intimate partner physical violence, sexual assault, or stalking, Arizona has the sixth highest rate in the country.

Intimate partner violence is on the rise as a result of the epidemic. Here’s how medical professionals can help.

Domestic violence has increased alarmingly as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic’s hidden consequences.

“Domestic violence and sexual assault walk into every single workplace in the United States every day,” said Kim Wells, executive director of the Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence, a nationwide group located in Bloomington, Illinois. “Domestic abuse takes away our employees’ dignity and health, and these issues remain hidden until we bring them to light,” said Wells, who is collaborating with the NFL on domestic violence education and a policy review.

Developing Effective Domestic Violence Programs in the Workplace
Executive buy-in and a detailed plan are required for every company-wide endeavor.

Experts agreed that the program’s success will be determined by its integration into the company’s culture and business processes.
Organize a Team
According to Wells, it is critical that HR does not “do it alone” in this situation. Form a stakeholder group of HR, health and medical, legal, security, internal communications, public or media relations, community outreach, employee assistance programs (EAPs), and union representatives.
Develop a Compliant Policy
Companies should collaborate closely with their legal departments to design policies and programs based on the most up-to-date knowledge on domestic violence legislation, leave, nondiscrimination regulations, and workplace restraining orders.

George Mandell

George Mandell Launching 2nd career in Public Policy after 25+ years in mortgage banking. - Trying to give back and make things right. Completed MPA degree in 2017. I would like to work for the Biden-Harris Administration Digital Information Team, The Meidas Touch, the DNC, or others of similar viewpoints. Battling Republican disinformation, corruption, and conspiracy theories are critical to winning the 2022 Midterms. So Democrats can Build Back Better. And not have the USA slide backward under Republican leadership.

Leave a Reply