abuse occurs in families from all social, racial, economic, educational
and religious backgrounds and sexual orientations. It occurs in towns, suburbs,
rural areas, inner cities and neighborhoods.
July 1, 2000 and June
30, 2001, 68 people died as a result of domestic violence in the state of Maryland.
2000, 10% (655,650) of violent crime victims were victimized
by an intimate. (Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Department of Justice,
Violence was a factor in 13% of animal cruelty cases in 2000.
(National Institute of Justice, U.S. Department of Justice, 2001)
are separated were victimized by an intimate at rates significantly higher
than divorced, never married, or married women. (Bureau of Justice Statistics,
U.S. Department of Justice, 2001)
age 16 to 24 were the most vulnerable
(15.7 per 1,000) to non-lethal intimate partner violence between 1993 and 1999.
(Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Department of Justice, 2001)
partner assaults include a child abuse victim, and 13% of child abuse cases
also include an intimate partner assault. (Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency
Prevention, U.S. Department of Justice, 2001)
For information on domestic violence in Maryland visit www.mnadv.org
than 1 in 5 teens experience violence in their dating relationships. (JAMA,
25-30% of teens equate jealousy, and violence with love. (Reaching
and Teaching Teens, NDVSAC, 1996)
United States Bureau of Justice indicates
that males commit 95% of the reported incidents of assault in relationships.
believe that they have the right to abuse and control their partner,
and they see the victim as less than equal to themselves. The victim has no
control over the abuser.
stay in abusive relationships for many reasons.
Fear, economic dependence, social stigma and confusion are some reasons.
ages 16 to 24 experience the highest rates of violence by current or former
intimate partners. (U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics,
Special Report: Intimate Partner Violence, May 2000)
rate of violent victimization
in 2000 was highest in persons age 16-19 (64.3 in 1,000) than among any other
age group. (Rennison, Callie, Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Department
of Justice, 2001)
25-33% of adolescent abusers reported that their
violence served to „intimidate, frighten or force the other person to give
them something. (Family Law Quarterly, 1995)
For more information on teen dating violence, visit www.loveisnotabuse.org