do·mes·tic   vi·o·lence


violent or aggressive behavior within the home, typically involving the violent abuse of a spouse or partner.

“police, social services, and voluntary agencies are working together to tackle domestic violence”

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is the cornerstone of our nation’s response to domestic and sexual violence. A strong bipartisan bill to reauthorizeVAWA (S. 47) passed in the Senate on February 12, 2013 (78-22) and in the House of Representatives on February 28, 2013

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE is more than a punch in the face or a fat lip. In fact, there are forms of domestic violence that utilize control rather than physical force.

As you read that last statement, you may have thought of someone you know who is experiencing some level of domestic violence in their relationship. In 2017, when we’ve come so far as a society, domestic violence is still a taboo subject. 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner (as reported by the NCADV). In 2015, Baltimore City and County Uniform Crimes reported 11,267 domestic related crimes.

If those numbers aren’t frightening enough, our current administration is looking to cut 10.5 trillion dollars over the next decade from the Violence Against Women’s Act (VAWA), which currently funds programs that are established to help save victims lives and hold their attackers accountable. If this happens, where does that leave our mothers, sisters, brothers, cousins and best friends. We must stand up, unite and act now!

Do you:

  • feel afraid of your partner much of the time?

  • avoid certain topics out of fear of angering your partner?

  • feel that you can’t do anything right for your partner?

  • believe that you deserve to be hurt or mistreated?

  • wonder if you’re the one who is crazy?

  • feel emotionally numb or helpless?

Does your partner:

  • humiliate or yell at you?

  • criticize you and put you down?

  • treat you so badly that you’re embarrassed for your friends or family to see?

  • ignore or put down your opinions or accomplishments?

  • blame you for their own abusive behavior?

  • see you as property or a sex object, rather than as a person?

Does your partner:

  • have a bad and unpredictable temper?

  • hurt you, or threaten to hurt or kill you?

  • threaten to take your children away or harm them?

  • threaten to commit suicide if you leave?

  • force you to have sex?

  • destroy your belongings?




  • On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. During one year, this equates to more than 10 million women and men.

  • 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been victims of [some form of] physical violence by an intimate partner within their lifetime.

  • 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men have been victims of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime.

  • 1 in 7 women and 1 in 18 men have been stalked by an intimate partner during their lifetime to the point in which they felt very fearful or believed that they or someone close to them would be harmed or killed.

  • On a typical day, there are more than 20,000 phone calls placed to domestic violence hotlines nationwide.

  • The presence of a gun in a domestic violence situation increases the risk of homicide by 500%.

  • Intimate partner violence accounts for 15% of all violent crime.

  • Women between the ages of 18-24 are most commonly abused by an intimate partner.

  • 19% of domestic violence involves a weapon.

  • Domestic victimization is correlated with a higher rate of depression and suicidal behavior.

  • Only 34% of people who are injured by intimate partners receive medical care for their injuries