Facts on Battering:

  • Battering of women is the most under-reported crime in America.

  • Three to four million American women are battered each year.

  • Ninety-five percent (95%) of all spouse abuse cases are women who are hurt by men.

  • Battering occurs among people of all races.

  • Battering tends to increase and become more violent over time.

  • Many batterers learned violent behavior growing up in an abusive family.

Facts on Battering and Pregnancy:

  • Battering may start or become worse during pregnancy.

  • Battering may lead to miscarriage.

  • Battering may lead to alcohol or drug abuse (a form of abuse to the child).

  • 25% - 45% of all women who are battered are battered during pregnancy.

  • Battering during pregnancy may be an indication of what life holds in store for the unborn child.

  • Pregnant women in battering relationships have increased risk of law birth weight infants.

Effects of Battering Over Time on:

  • THE ABUSED:  Isolation from others; Low self esteem, depression; Increased alcohol or drug abuse; Emotional problems, illness; Pain and injuries; Permanent physicals damage; Death.

  • CHILDREN:  Emotional problems, illness; Increased fears, anger; Increased risk of abuse, injuries, and death; Repetition of abuse behavior.

  • THE BATTERER:  Increased belief that power and control are achieved by violence; Increase in violent behavior; Increased contact with law enforcement; Increased emotional problems; Decreased self esteem.

  • SOCIETY:  Increase in crime; Increase in legal, police, medical and counseling costs; Costs of prison; Perpetuation of cycle of violence; Perpetuation of myths of inequality of women and men; Decrease in quality of life.

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