Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is a rapidly growing concern affecting all classes, cultures, ages and economic groups in our community.  There are more animal shelters in the United States than domestic violence shelters.  As a community, we are working toward providing long-term solutions for a safe escape.  Women of Worth, together with other organizations, is working to stop the violence and provide protective mechanisms for individuals who are battered.  Several factors associated with domestic violence typically include:

  • History of aggressive behavior
  • History of abuse as a child or witnessing parental abuse
  • Alcoholism or other drug abuse
  • Controlling relationships
  • Poorly defined masculinity and identity
  • Exposure to violent video games and movies

Domestic violence is a widespread problem in our community. In 2007, there were 3,163 reported domestic violence calls in Nevada County alone.  Across the country, victims are being battered at alarming rates, some of which are murdered, even in our own area.  See our Memorials for those who have been victims of such deadly force. 

Danger of Deadly Force

  • 75% of all homicides related to domestic violence occur after the victim leaves the relationship.
  • The majority of women that are murdered are killed after they leave. The fear associated with the threat is so huge.
  • 50% of all women murdered in the United States are killed by a spouse or an acquaintance.
  • Domestic Violence occurs in 60% of marriages and is the most under reported crime.
  • Most women who are physically abused never contact non-governmental organizations, shelters, or the police for help.

Prevalence

  • Every 9 seconds, a woman is battered in the United States
  • 74% of Americans personally know someone who is or has been a victim of domestic violence
  • 25% of women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime
  • An estimated 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner each year
  • 25% to 30% of adolescent relationships are abusive

Impact

  • 30% of physical disabilities in women are the result of domestic violence
  • Domestic violence is the single major cause of injury to women, more than muggings and car accidents combined

All men, women and children have the right to live their lives in a healthy and safe environment, without emotional, physical or sexual abuse, or the fear of abuse.  If you need help, contact us at 530-272-6851 or via email at info@ihaveworth.org.