Domestic violence affects millions of people each year. It is prevalent in every community, and does not discriminate with regard to sex, gender identity, age, nationality, religion, or socio-economic status. It doesn’t just include physical violence — it also involves emotional abuse, controlling behavior, manipulation, and other conduct. Domestic violence has damaging consequences and must be stopped. We need your participation to uplift our community and to tackle this devasting problem.
Domestic violence often goes unreported. Many people simply don’t realize how common the issue is. A person very close to you could be a survivor without you knowing it. In fact, you yourself might even be involved in ways you don’t realize, since domestic violence includes many forms of non-physical abuse.
Consider the following: In a 10-year period (2005 to 2015), an average of 582,000 non-fatal domestic violence incidents went unreported to the police each year. In 32 percent of these cases, the survivors cited the personal nature of the event as a reason for not reporting it. Other reasons for not reporting included: a desire to protect the offender (21 percent), feelings that the crime was minor or unimportant (20 percent), or a fear of retaliation from the offender or other people (19 percent).
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