The domestic violence victims programs in available at all levels of care.
Domestic violence is one of the most common causes of personal trauma in the United States.
Americans are more likely to be the victims of abuse or assault at home than they are on the streets or in the battlefield:
- Over 10 million adults, both male and female, are physically attacked by a spouse or partner in the US each year — or 20 individuals per minute.
- During their lifetime, 25 percent of men and 33 percent of women will be the victims of violence by an intimate partner.
- About 15 percent of all violent crimes in the US take place between intimate partners.
- Out of those who experience domestic violence, only 34 percent seek medical treatment.
It is troubling to note that only around one third of individuals who are abused at home seek medical attention for their injuries. These injuries may be psychological as well as physical, causing long-term damage to the victim’s self-esteem and sense of personal security. According to a report from Bureau of Justice statistics, just over half (56 percent) of incidents of violence between partners or immediate family members were reported to the police. This reluctance to seek treatment and report violent crimes suggests that many victims are afraid that their attacker will seek revenge. Some may be afraid that their attacker will be legally punished or harmed, or that the household will lose the financial support of a provider.
Perhaps most disturbing is that many domestic violence victims feel ashamed to seek help, feeling that the attack was their fault. They may believe that they provoked the attacker’s anger or that they somehow caused the argument that resulted in abuse and injury. Adults, especially women, who are the victims of violence by intimate partners have higher rates of depression and suicidal behavior than the general population. Conversely, the study found that women with depression and other forms of mental illness are more likely to be the victims of domestic violence, a finding that underlines the importance of preventive mental health treatment.