Domestic Violence: How to Help Those Who Stay


The pain and power struggles between men and women in unhealthy romantic relationships can surface in a variety of violent ways: harsh words or manipulative behavior that assault victims’ minds, physical attacks such as slaps or squeezes that hurt but don’t cause serious injuries and more aggressive violence such as kicks, punches and attacks with weapons that result in bruises, broken bones or even death. Sometimes the violence includes sexual abuse, such as assault and rape.
Domestic Violence is a pervasive problem in the United States. Each year, approximately 960,000 domestic violence incidents take place between Americans, according to a 2013 report from the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics. About 85 percent of the victims are women; 15 percent are men. More than six million children witness violence taking place between their parents and other adults in their homes every year.

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