Search this site                 powered by FreeFind
Make your own free website on

Diamond Divas Domestic Violence Help
This Page and It's Links Contain all you need to get out of and Survive Domestic Violence. This website was made to inform you of your options and to let you know you are not alone. There are people in your area and surounding counties waiting to help you. Domestic Violence, physical, mental or emotional, should not be tolerated. If you or someone you know is being abused, call you local police department or get help from one of the many shelters listed here on this website. You are not alone. You do not deserve to be hit, cursed, beaten, or pushed around. Please seek help before it is too late.

1-800-799-SAFE (7233) *** 1-800-787-3224 (TTY) National Domestic Hotline One call summons immediate help, in English or Spanish, 24 hours a day, seven days each week. We also have interpreters available to translate an additional 139 languages. The Hotline may be reached toll-free by phone from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Canada First Step Women's Shelter 1-800-465-3623 (Sioux Lookout, Ontario) New Starts For Women 1-800-565-5368 (Red Lake, Ontario) Kenora Family Resource Centre 1-800-465-1117 (Kenora, Ontario) Hoshizaki House 1-800-465-7221 (Dryden, Ontario) Atikokan Crisis Centre 1-800-465-3348 (Atikokan, Ontario) United Kingdom Women's Aid Federation of England 0117-963-3542 (Bristol) Scottish Women's Aid 0131-221-0401 (Edinburgh) United States National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-SAFE or 1-800-787-3224 (TTY) Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN) 1-800-656-HOPE


Don't Be Another Statistic.
More than three out of every 100—or 1.8 million—women had been severely assaulted by male
partners or cohabitant (i.e., they were punched, kicked, choked, beaten, threatened with a knife or
gun, or had a knife or a gun used on them) during the preceding 12 months. Other estimates are
that higher proportions of women (between 8.5 and 11.3 women per 100) are abused by husbands
or boyfriends in the United States. 1

A minimum of 16 % of American couples experienced an assault during the year they were asked
about it, and about 40% of these involved severely violent acts, such as kicking, biting, punching,
choking, and attacks with weapons. 2

Nearly one out of eight of the husbands had carried out one or more acts of physical aggression
against his wife during the 12 months preceding questioning.

Nearly 2 in 3 female victims of violence are related to or know their attacker.

About 1 in 3 of the attacks involving a weapon involve a firearm.

About 1 in 3 of female victims of violence have been injured as a result of the incident. 3

A 1993 national poll found that 34% of adults in the United States report having witnessed a man
beating his wife or girlfriend and that 14% of women report that a husband or boyfriend has been
violent with them. 4

In addition to the fact that women commit fewer homicides than men do, a significant proportion of
partner homicides by women occur in response to the partners’ aggression and threat.5

Of the 5328 women murdered in 1990, FBI data indicate that more than half were killed by
someone they knew, about half or more of them by a husband or boyfriend. 6

FBI Supplemental Homicide Report data from 1976-85 revealed 16,595 spouse homicides
accounting for 8.8% of all homicides reported during this 10-year period The risk of being killed by
one’s spouse was 1.3 times greater for wives than for husbands.7

From a sample of police incident reports used to examine the magnitude and patterns of family and
intimate assault involving weapon use or threat, bodily force, or verbal threat of assault in a defined
urban population during 1984:

More that half of the incident involved partners (spousal and nonspousal), about a fourth
involved prior or estranged partners, and the remainder involved family members and
Fatal incidents predominantly involved handguns, and nonfatal incidents most often
involved bodily force.
Data on prior police contacts suggest that family and intimate assaults occur within a
context of repeated violence.
Firearm associated family and intimate assaults were 12 times more likely to result in
death than non-firearm associated family and intimate assaults. 8

The prevalence of physical abuse is reported 4 times more often when women are asked directly in
interviews than when they respond to questionnaires. 9

During the last decade, domestic violence has been identified as one of the major causes of emergency room visits by women. Different studies have found:

From 20% to 30% of the women who are seen by emergency room physicians exhibit at least one or more symptoms of physical abuse
one-half of all injuries presented by women were the result of a partner’s aggression
more than one-half of all rapes to women over the age of 30 were partner rapes
10% of the victims were pregnant at the time of abuse
10% reported that their children had also been abused by the batterer
86% of the victims had suffered at least one previous incident of abuse & about 40% had previously required medical care for abuse 10

Click Here For More...


This Woman against Violence

site is owned by
The Diamond Divas
Want to join the
Woman against Violence?

[Skip Prev] [Prev] [Next] [Skip Next] [Random] [Next 5] [List Sites]


1. [How Violent are American Families? Estimates from the National Family Violence Resurvey and Other Studies. Straus, M.A.; Gelles, R.J
(editors). Physical Violence in American Families: Risk Factors and Adaptations to Violence in 8,145 Families. New Brunswick, N.J.: Transction
Publishers; 1990: 95-112.] ]Plichta, S. The effects of woman abuse on health care utilization and health status: a literature review. Womens
Health Issues.

2 (3): 154-63, 1992 Fall.] 2. [Straus, M.A. & Smith, C. Family patterns and primary prevention of family violence. Trends in Health Care, Law &
Ethics. 8(2): 17-25, 1993 Spring.]

3. [How Violent are American Families? Estimates from the National Family Violence Resurvey and Other Studies. Straus, M.A.; Gelles, R.J.
(editors). Physical Violence in American Families: Risk Factors and Adaptations to Violence in 8,145 Families. New Brunswick, N.J: Transaction
Publishers; 1990: 95-112.]

4. [EDK Associates. Men beating women: ending domestic violence—a qualitative and quantitative study of public attitudes on violence
against women. New York: EDK Associates, 1993.]

5. [Browne, A. Violence against women by male partners. American Psychologist. 1993 Oct; 48 (10): 1077-1087. Wilbanks, W. The female
homicide offender in Dade County, Florida. Criminal Justice Review. 1983; 8. Wolfgang, M.E., Editor. Studies in Homicide. Wolfgang, M.E.A
sociological analysis of criminal homicide. New York: Harper & Row; 1967.]

6. [Kellerman, A.L.; Mercy, J.A. Men, women, and murder: Gender-specific differences in rates of fatal violence and victimization. Journal of
Trauma. 1992; 33: 1-5.] [Browne, A.; Williams, K.R. Exploring the effect of resource availability and the likelihood of female-perpetrated
homicides. Law & Society Review. 1989; 23: 75-94.]

7. [Mercy, J. A. Saltzman, L.E. Fatal violence among spouses in the United States, 1976-85. American Journal of Public Health. 1989; 79(5):

8. [Saltzman, L.E. Mercy, J.A., Rosenberg, M.L., Elsea, W.R., Napper, G., Sikes, R.K. & Waxweiler, R.J. Magnitude and patterns of family and
intimate assault in Atlanta, Georgia, 1984. Collaborative Working Group for the Study of Family and Intimate Assaults in Atlanta. Violence &
Victims. 5(1): 3-17, 1990 Spring.] [Saltzamn, L.E., Mercy, J. A., O’Carroll, P.W., Rosenberg, M.L & Rhodes, P.H Weapon involvement and injury
outcomes in family and intimate assaults. Journal of the American Medical Association.. 267 (22): 3043-7, June 10, 1992.]

9. [McFarlane, J., Christoffel, K., Bateman, L., & Miller, V. Bullock L. Assessing for abuse: self-report versus nurse interview. Public Health
Nursing. 8(4):245-50, 1991 Dec.] [O’Leary, K. D., Vivian, D., & Malone, J. Assessment of physical aggression against women in marriage: the
need for multimodal assessment. Behavioral Assessment. 1992; 14: 5-14.]

10. [Henry, S.L., Roth, M. & Gleis, L.H. Domestic violence—the medical community’s legal duty. Journal of the Kentucky Medical Association.
90(4): 162-9, 1992 Apr..] [Stark, E.; Flitcraft, A.; Zuckerman, D.; Grey, A.; Robinson, J.; Frazier, W. Wife Abuse in the Medical Setting: An
Introduction for Health Personnel. (Monograph No. 7). Washington, DC: Office of Domestic Violence; 1981.] [ Berrios, D.C., & Grady, D.
Domestic violence. Risk factors and outcomes. Western Journal of Medicine. 155 (2);133-5, 1991 Aug.]

Made By Cherubrose™
Diamond Divas 1999