It’s Valentine’s Day and February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, so it seems like a good time to begin a conversation about healthy relationships. Although many of us think this is an issue that will not impact our own lives, statistics demonstrate that 75% of individuals know someone who has experienced domestic violence.
Domestic violence is a global epidemic that threatens the health and well being of women and girls regardless of race, culture, religion, social status, or other qualifying factors. Statistics remain stagnant with 1 in 3 women worldwide experiencing violence in their lifetime. In the Unites States, a woman is beaten every nine seconds. Domestic violence continues to be the leading cause of injury and death to women. In fact, four out of ten women murdered die at the hands of intimate partners. Disturbingly, these numbers represent a very small portion of this epidemic given that upwards of 95% of incidences go unreported.