Domestic violence is a type of abuse that many people deal with silently. This is a serious problem in the world and causes injury to many family members daily. According to Endabuse.com, estimates range from 960,000 incidents of violence against a current or former spouse, boyfriend, or girlfriend per year to three million women who are physically abused by their husband or boyfriend per year.
The health-related costs of rape, physical assault, stalking and homicide committed by intimate partners exceed $5.8 billion each year. Of that amount, nearly $4.1 billion are for direct medical and mental health care services, and nearly $1.8 billion are for the indirect costs of lost productivity or wages.
About half of all female victims of intimate violence report an injury of some type, and about 20 percent of them seek medical assistance.
Thirty-seven percent of women who sought treatment in emergency rooms for violence-related injuries in 1994 were injured by a current or former spouse, boyfriend or girlfriend.
The statistics are staggering. Worst of all, they may suffer emotionally from depression, anxiety or social isolation.
If you are suffering from domestic violence or know of someone who needs help in a domestic violent relationship, know there is help.
Here is a link on how to recognize the signs and symptoms provided by Help Guide.org http://helpguide.org/mental/domestic_violence_abuse_types_signs_causes_effects.htm.
There is a National Domestic Violence Hotline that can be found here http://www.ndvh.org/.
There is also Domestic Violence Organization that can be found here www.domesticviolence.org.
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