Women and Domestic Violence

A Few Facts about Women and Domestic Violence

Nearly 2 in 3 female victims of violence were related to or knew their attacker.

Over two-thirds of violent victimizations against women were committed by someone known to them: 31% of female victims reported that the offender was a stranger. Approximately 28% were partners such as husbands or boyfriends, 35% were acquaintances, and the remaining 5% were battered womanother relatives. (In contrast, victimization by partners and other relatives accounted for only 5% of all violent victimizations against men. Men were significantly more likely to have been victimized by acquaintances (50%) or strangers (44%) than by partners or other relatives.)

Almost 6 times as many women victimized by partners (18%) as those victimized by strangers (3%) did not report their violent victimization to police because they feared reprisal from the offender.

Annually, compared to males, females experienced over 10 times as many incidents of violence by an intimate. On average each year, women experienced 572,032 violent victimizations at the hands of a partner, compared to 48,983 incidents committed against men. Battered women seek medical attention for injuries sustained as a consequence of domestic violence significantly more often after separation than during cohabitation; about 75% of the visits to emergency rooms by battered women occur after separation.

About 75% of the calls to law enforcement for intervention and assistance in domestic violence occur after separation from batterers. One study revealed that half of the homicides of female spouses and partners were committed by men after separation from batterers.

Twenty years ago, the first battered women’s shelter in the United States, Women’s Advocates, was opened in St. Paul, Minnesota. This program is still in existence today.

It is estimated that 25% of workplace problems such as absenteeism, lower productivity, turnover and excessive use of medical benefits are due to family violence. (Employee Assistance Providers/MN) Violence is the reason stated for divorce in 22% of middle-class marriages.

In 1990, says the FBI, intimate enemies accounted for 30% of all women murder victims. According to the Uniform Crime Report of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, 30% of women killed in the United States die at the hands of a husband or boyfriend. In 1990, more than 800 women were killed by their husbands; 400 more were killed by their boyfriends.

Women Killed by a Partner or Spousefrightened woman

According to FBI statistics, 30% of female murder victims in 1990, the last year for which statistics are available, were killed by their husbands or boyfriends. That is approximately 3000 women.

Battered Women Who Kill
When women kill – and they do so at astonishingly lower rates than men, who commit 85% of all homicides – the vast majority kill family members, usually men who have battered them for years. As many as 90% of the women in jail today for killing men had been battered by those men.

In Jurik and Winn’s study of gender and homicide, 44% (22) of the women said that a precipitating event was partner conflict compared with 8% (9) of the men. Given this information, it is not surprising that a significantly greater percentage of women who killed stated that they acted in self-defense – 42% of the women versus 30% of the men.

A study conducted in Georgia of 226 (96%) of the 235 female inmates currently serving for homicide revealed the presence of domestic violence in more than half of the cases when the woman has killed her significant other, there is some record of a history of domestic abuse. In 60% of the cases where a woman killed her significant other, the woman claims the victim assaulted or abused her at the time of the crime.

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