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Domestic Violence

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, it is estimated that 1 in 4 women will be the victim of domestic violence. That statistic shows that approximately 1.3 million are battered every year.

Domestic violence is the term used to encompass the patterns of physical and mental violence that can occur in a marital or intimate relationship. While the perpetrators are generally male, an abuser can be either gender and can occur in heterosexual or homosexual relationships.  Domestic violence can be seen in every socio-economic class, race and age group. It may be defined by one act of violence or a pattern of behavior that places one partner in the relationship in a situation where their access to finances, transportation or children is controlled by fear of the other partner.

Recent news stories have highlighted what many domestic violence professionals have been advocating and educating the general public about for years. Incidents of domestic violence can have serious consequences.  In Minnesota alone, 23 women and 4 children lost their lives as a result of domestic violence in 2011. The Minnesota Coalition Report on Battered Women states that the leading cause of homicide against women is domestic violence.  Studies show that the most dangerous time for a victim is when she or he decides to leave the relationship.

Threats of violence should also be taken seriously.  Threats of physical harm, violence, and emotional abuse are never okay. If you or a loved one is in a relationship with an abusive partner contact a shelter or hotline for domestic violence, such as the HOPE Center in Faribault, to seek help. There are resources available to help you to stay safe.


National Coalition Against Domestic Violence; http://www.ncadv.org/files/Minnesota.pdf, July 18, 2012.

Minnesota Coalition; http://www.mcbw.org/files/images/2011_Femicide_Report_FINAL_0.pdf, July 18, 2012.

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