Domestic Violence And Violence Against Family Members And Intimate Partners

906 WordsNov 5, 20154 Pages
According to the Bureau of Justice, nearly 3.5 million cases in the United States each year involves acts of violence against family members and intimate partners (2015).Data from the 1985 National Family Violence Survey affirmed that one of eight husbands committed at least one violent act towards his wife, and 1.8 million wives were beaten during the year course of the study (Holtzworth-Munroe & Stuart, 1994). The Bureau of Justice (2015) defines domestic violence as “violence between married spouses, but can include cohabitants, unmarried intimate partners and family members”. Domestic violence is estimated to occur annually in one out of every six households (Lee, Uken, & Sebold, 2007). Between 1998 and 2002, 1% of those cases the victims died as a result of their injuries; children encompassed 23% of the murder victims and females 58% (Bureau of Justice, 2002). Seventy-three percent of the domestic violence victims were female and 84% were committed against a boyfriend or girlfriend. The victims were usually White (74%) and between the ages of 25 and 54 (65.7%). (Bureau of Justice, 2005) The violence is usually committed by using a weapon or a body part as a weapon, whereas firearms are the most lethal. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives reported 80% of all referrals for firearm-related domestic violence were male (96%), under the age of 40 (67%), and White (72%) or non-Hispanic (95%) (Bureau of Justice, 2005). The use of firearms increases
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