Worldwide, including in the United States, men will commit relationship abuse or sexual assault against at least one in three women.* On average more than three women a day are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends in the United States.** Women and children are more at risk of violence in their homes and relationships, by men they know, than in the street. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics (2007) Visit the Futures Without Violence website for more information on the prevalence of domestic of page Relationship abuse occurs at roughly the same rate in same-gender relationships as it does in heterosexual relationships. Although alcohol and drugs are often associated with relationship abuse (because so many people drink in general), they do not cause the violence.Domestic violence never shows up in statistics as much as it occurs. The elements of abusive relationships are similar for heterosexual and homosexual relationships, and there can be different tactics of control used; for instance, the abusive partner may threaten to out the other partner to family or professors. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics (2007); Tween and Teen Dating Violence and Abuse Study, Teenage Research Unlimited for Liz Claiborne Inc. A lot of people drink and use drugs and most people do not abuse.For information on the following topics, please click the topic link or scroll down.The United States has made progress in the last few decades in addressing domestic violence, resulting in welcome declines – but there is more work to do to implement the strategies that hold the most promise.For more information, please see our resources on Same Gender & LGBT Relationships. teen girls report ever experiencing physical and/or sexual IPV by a boyfriend. Even in cases where a particular mental illness may cause a person to be abusive (such as Alzheimers), the abuse is not specifically targeted at one person but to everyone around during the episode. See What Causes Relationship Abuse for more information. Domestic violence occurs in all socioeconomic groups.top of page Women of all ages are at risk for domestic and sexual violence by a male partner, and those ages 20 to 24 are at the greatest risk of experiencing nonfatal intimate partner violence. However, abusers who are severely depressed or isolated may stop caring about the consequences of their actions. Many people are poor and most people do not choose to abuse their partners.
The best answer is to contact your local domestic violence program for information on the services they provide.
It is critical that both male and female students receive education about dating violence and sexual violence. Most men are not abusive, though the majority of acts of dating and sexual violence are committed by men against women.
Research indicates that holding separate educational sessions for boys and girls is imperative for the creation of a safe space for students to discuss the issues, as well as in reducing victim-blaming and revictimization of students who have experienced or are experiencing abuse.
Striving to reach new audiences and transform social norms, we train professionals such as doctors, nurses, judges, and athletic coaches on improving responses to violence and abuse.
We also work with advocates, policy makers, and others to build sustainable community leadership and educate people everywhere about the importance of respect and healthy relationships.