Understanding Family Violence

Family Violence is often referred to in terms of spouse abuse, wife beating, or battering.  If you are pushed, punched, slapped, choked, forced into sexual activity, or threatened, you are a victim of family violence.  We think you should know that:

  • Family Violence is a CRIME!

  • Family Violence occurs among all races, ages and religions.  It happens at all economic and educational levels.

  • Researchers estimate that four million women are beaten each year in our nation.

  • Battering is rarely an isolated occurrence.  It usually becomes more serious with the passage of time and also may increase in frequency.

  • Thirty percent (30%) of the women murdered in this country die at the hands of their husbands, ex-husbands, or boyfriends.

  • Attacks by husbands on wives result in more injuries that require medical attention than rape, auto accidents, and muggings combined.

  • An estimated 549 women become victims of assault every hour in this country - resulting in one death every three hours.

Unfortunately, the abuse does not confine its devastating effect to the women, alone.  Children also become victims.  The emotional trauma they suffer may manifest itself in terms of low self esteem, depression, withdrawal and isolation, anger, and acting-out behaviors.  We must remember that the suffering is no less real for children of family violence than for adult victims.


Atascosa Family Crisis Center, Inc.

A safe place for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.
(830) 569-2001 or Toll Free (877) 569-2001

Last Update:
April 10, 2001

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