Monday, August 24, 2009

95% of all victims of domestic violence are women.

Map published in Global Health

I am up late reading and came across this information about domestic Violence. It is interesting and thought folks would be interested in it, including the map. It's hard to say how genuine the figures are in the map given that many of the countries are extremely hostile to any form of rights for women, so they may not speak openly, and there is massive propaganda and cultural influence that would affect their view of the world. Also, it doesn't include western countries where domestic violence and rape are major problems; it is a one sided view of this issue, focusing on what they would term third world or "backward" nations I suppose. I understand that in the US an estimated 60% of rape cases go unreported, a figure that was 70% until recently. Some sites I went to claimed that 40% of rape accusations are false though (one site was "Angry Harry's". I am not saying that a woman never falsely accuses a man of rape, but the idea that 40% of rapes claims are false is just off, I don't care what they say. For one thing, I think the definition of rape could be a lot broader than it is.

When I went to pubs as a single young man, pubs where both sexes hung out, I can't recall worrying too much about a woman that I hooked up with raping or killing me when we got back to her place. Many women consider this they tell me. They are not being paranoid or men haters I don't think.

Some Statistics on the subject, not up to date but useful for thought

Every 9 seconds, a woman is battered in the U.S.
Family Violence Prevention Fund, 1994.

95% of all victims of domestic violence are women.
Bureau of Justice Statistics Special Report, U.S. Dept. of Justice.

Domestic Violence is the single major cause of injury to women, more than muggings and car accidents combined. First Comprehensive National Health Study of American Women, The Commonwealth Fund, 1993.

Domestic Violence is the cause of 30% of physical disabilities in women.
California Department of Social Services, 1994.


50% of all women murdered in the United States are killed by a spouse or an
acquaintance. Journal of Trauma, 1992

Domestic Violence occurs in 60% of marriages and is the most underreported crime.
National Crime Statistics Report, 1993.


90% of battered women reported that their children were present when they were beaten.
National Crime Statistics Report, 1993.

25% to 30% of adolescent relationships are abusive. L.A. Commission on Assaults Against Women

1/2 of all rape victims are raped between the ages of 14 and 17.L.A. Commission on Assaults Against Women

As few as 5% of domestic violence victims are identified as such in Emergency Department records. American Journal of Public Health, 1989.

Domestic Violence costs an estimated $1.4 billion annually in medical bills, and an additional $900 million in mental health treatment. National Public Services Research Institute, 1994.

Domestic Violence is responsible for a $3 to 5 billion loss each year for employers due to absenteeism. California Department of Social Services

http://www.rileycenter.org/domestic-violence-statistics.html

2 comments:

Lamia said...

Violence against women has been a age-old phenomenon. Sadly, it seems to be on the rise globally. Look out the DRC and see how bad it can get. But it's not just there.

One of the problems with religion is that it is frequently associated with trodding down of womens' rights. The more fundamental or radicalized a population is, the more the women suffer.

It's not just religion. Another columnist talked about the booming sex industry in Japan. So money also has a lot to do with it as well. Not to mention the porn industry.

And then there's war, civil wars, foreign wars, wars on terror. Mankind has never been without war for very long, it keeps progress in check.

Recently, there was a massive "silent" demonstration in Iraq. Women of all tribes coming together to pray in silence, pleading to their men for peace. Daughters, wives, sisters, all traumatized, but still willing to hope for better things.

Lamia said...

Violence against women has been a age-old phenomenon. Sadly, it seems to be on the rise globally. Look out the DRC and see how bad it can get. But it's not just there.

One of the problems with religion is that it is frequently associated with trodding down of womens' rights. The more fundamental or radicalized a population is, the more the women suffer.

It's not just religion. Another columnist talked about the booming sex industry in Japan. So money also has a lot to do with it as well. Not to mention the porn industry.

And then there's war, civil wars, foreign wars, wars on terror. Mankind has never been without war for very long, it keeps progress in check.

Recently, there was a massive "silent" demonstration in Iraq. Women of all tribes coming together to pray in silence, pleading to their men for peace. Daughters, wives, sisters, all traumatized, but still willing to hope for better things.