Reasons why we prefer to call it "Home Violence" versus “Domestic Violence"

  • The words “domestic violence” have a stigma that “it’s a woman’s problem” whereas “home violence” is more inclusive.  It includes whomever is in the home whether it be a boyfriend, girlfriend, wife, mother, husband, father, children, pets, etc.
  • It is shorter to say "home" than it is to say "domestic"
  • It is an oxymoron.  The words "home" and "violence" should not be in the same sentence which is exactly our point.  They shouldn't. 
  • Your place of residence should feel like home and not hell; it should be your sanctuary and not a war zone.

STATISTICS

  • 1 out of 3 women will be beaten or raped in her lifetime.
  • 1 out of 5 adolescent girls is abused by her boyfriend.
  • 1 out of 14 men is physically abused.
  • Every 2 minutes a woman is raped in the US.
  • 85% of all spouse murderers are male.
  • 80% of all runaways come from violent homes.
  • Everyday 4 women are killed by their abusive partners and most of them are killed AFTER they have left their abusers.
  • Victims have a 75%chance of being killed after they leave their abusers.
  • There is no country in the world where women's wages are equal to those of men.  
  • New Jersey is #8 in the country for sex trafficking hotline calls.
  • 1 billion women have been beaten or raped on the planet.
  • Home violence negatively affects companies' bottom lines and students' education
  • 15,000,000 children witness violence in their own homes each and every year; that is 300,000 children per state.
  • Approximately 324,000 pregnant women enter hospital emergency rooms for abuse-related injuries

SOME WARNING SIGNS OF AN ABUSER

  1. He/She makes all decisions
  2. Servant/Master mentality
  3. Denial of Job Freedom/Withholds money
  4. Threatens to take away or hurt the kids
  5. Using jealousy, stress, and frustration to justify actions
  6. Force partner to do things sexually against her/his will, refusing to practice safe sex, rape
  7. Hitting, slapping, strangling, burning


SOME WARNING SIGNS OF A VICTIM

  1. Lives with constant fear/terror of partner
  2. Low self-esteem
  3. Emotional and/or economic dependency on abuser
  4. Continued faith/hope that abuser “will change” or “grow up”
  5. Depression
  6. Stress disorders
  7. Accepting of blame and guilt for violence
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