Domestic Violence Handbook - True or False
1. Domestic violence affects only a small number of
- According to the FBI, 1 out of every 4
women is a victim of domestic violence at least once in her
- In 55% of the cases where men are assaulting their partners,
they are also assaulting their children. The battered mother may
be suffering from such physical and psychological injuries that
she cannot meet the needs of her children appropriately.
2. Battering is just a momentary loss of temper.
- The Surgeon General of the United States reports that 1 out
of 5 women battered by their partners have been victimized over
and over again by the same person.
- The American Medical Association defines domestic violence
as an ongoing, debilitating experience of physical,
psychological, and/or sexual abuse.
3. Domestic violence does not produce serious injuries.
- The leading cause of injury for women age 15 to 44 is
- The Michigan State Police statistics show that a woman is
killed by a partner or former partner every 5 days in
4. Leaving an abusive relationship is easy.
- A study by the United States Department of Justice states
that the most dangerous time for a woman who is being battered
is when she leaves.
- In Michigan, 75% of the women who are killed by their
partners are murdered after the relationship is over or as it
5. Battered women always stay in violent relationships.
- Many battered women do leave their
abusers permanently and succeed in building a life free of
- Almost all battered women leave at least once.
6. Only poor and minority groups are victims of domestic
- People of all socio-economic classes,
races, religions, ethnic backgrounds, and sexual orientations
can be victims of domestic violence.
7. Only married women are victims of domestic violence.
- People who are dating, separated,
living together, divorced, have a child in common and/or are
married, can be abused. Domestic violence can occur in any of
8. Women are just as violent as men.
- In 97% of domestic assaults, the man
is the perpetrator of the violence.
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