One in Three American Women Face Domestic Violence
Statistics Show That One-Third of U.S. Women Subjected to Domestic Abuse
According to a 2011 study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 31% of women in the United States have been subjected to some form of physical violence by spouse or domestic partner. Almost 50% of women interviewed said they had been emotionally or psychologically abused. Pursuant to the terms of the study, threats and acts of coercion were considered forms of emotional or psychological violence.
Researchers found that physical acts of violence against women lead to nearly two million reported injuries per year, and note that many such injuries (some estimate more than half) never get reported. About one in four injuries require medical care. The study found that one in five women lost time from work because of injuries suffered as a result of abuse.
The most common acts of physical violence against women include:
- Being shoved, pushed or slapped—30% of women reported being victims of this type of violence
- Being slammed against something—About 15% had this experience
- Being hit with a fist, or with something hard—13% told researchers they were beaten with fists or some other object
The impact of domestic violence on American women has long been known by authorities. A 2003 Congressional investigation showed that domestic violence led to significant absenteeism among women in the workplace, in addition to substantial medical costs.
Officials say it’s extremely difficult to get an accurate picture of the true level of physical and psychological abuse in the United States because many women fear the consequences of reporting abuse more than the abuse itself. Authorities say it’s safe to assume that the numbers found in the CDC study significantly underestimate the problem.
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