IS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE?
violence is a crime. It is the physical harm, bodily injury, assault
or infliction of fear of imminent physical harm, bodily injury
or assault between household or family members. Domestic violence
occurs in a cycle. Battering is an intentional act used to gain
power and control over the other person.
THE CYCLE OF VIOLENCE
precipitating factor is usually some event unrelated to the victim's
behavior. Clear Creek County has a domestic violence policy mandating
physical arrest and formal charges for those who commit domestic violence.
FACTS ABOUT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
abuse occurs once every 18 seconds in the United States.
violence occurs in all socio-economic, ethnic, racial and age groups.
violence is not sex biased. Although the majority of victims are women,
men are frequently abused by their partners.
- 6 million
American women are beaten each year by their husbands or boyfriends.
4,000 of them are killed.
- 60% of
all marriages have some form of domestic violence, according to the
National Institute of Mental Health. Abuse is not only physical, it
may include verbal, emotional, mental and sexual violence.
- Of the
children who witness domestic violence, 60% of the boys eventually become
batterers and 50% of the girls become victims, statistics from the National
Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
- The victim
lives in terror of the batterer. Survival becomes the main objective.
Therefore, the victim develops strong coping mechanisms such as believing
the batterer's reasons for abusing and clinging to a hope for change.
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OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
of prisoners in today's jails grew up in violent homes. We can stop
the cycle of violence in this generation with counseling and support
for our children.
Creek County Advocates offers a free Children's Support Group
for children ages 5 - 18 who have been traumatized emotionally and/or
physically. Counseling and support in a confidential group setting
one night a week.
children may display some of the characteristics:
minimization and denial
to be too perfect, become depressed and withdrawn
or internalize anger
risk for alcohol/drugs, sexual acting out, running away, isolation,
- Low self
esteem and poor social skills, child feels powerless
understanding of dynamics of violence, assumes it is the norm.
self for family fighting divorce, financial problems and violence.
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