OVERVIEW AND RESOURCES
Between 2 and 4 million women annually are victimized by domestic violence.
In 1991, at least 21,000 domestic violence crimes against women were reported to the police every week.
Approximately 52% of women visiting hospital emergency rooms report at least one incident of violence during their lifetime.
Most children in homes in which domestic violence occurs witness
abuse and suffer secondary psychological effects, including aggressive behavior and depression. Male children who witness abuse are more likely to become abusers themselves as adults, creating a vicious, intergenerational cycle of violent behavior.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE RESOURCES
National Domestic Violence Hotline:
Staffed 24 hours a day by trained counselors who can provide crisis assistance and information about shelters, legal advocacy, health care centers, and counseling.
If you need help right now!
Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network
Hotline, 24 hours a day - 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)
Search for your local rape crisis
The Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network will automatically transfer you to the rape crisis center nearest you, anywhere in the nation. It can be used as a last resort if people cannot find a domestic violence shelter.
U.S. Department of Justice Violence Against Women
For information on regional information and other resources, including government press releases and statements. Other shelter information can be found on our Sexual Assault Resources page.
For more information on domestic
violence, see the Feminist Majority
Foundation Domestic Violence
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