Domestic Violence Awareness

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Domestic violence, or intimate partner violence, affects 1 in 3 Utah women during their lifetimes. It is a major public health problem that does not discriminate and can happen to anyone regardless of race, age, sexual orientation, religion or gender. Domestic violence affects people of all socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels. This intimate partner violence affects not only individuals who are victims, but also their friends, families, neighbors, communities, workplaces, schools and more.


 

  • Intimate partner violence is a major public health problem for young people and adults. It includes physical violence, sexual violence, threats of physical or sexual violence, and emotional abuse by a current or former spouse or nonmarital partner. (CDC)
  • Intimate partner violence can result in physical, emotional, and chronic injuries, as well as lead to harmful health behaviors. (CDC)
  • In Utah, one in three women will experience intimate partner violence.
  • On average, 24 people PER MINUTE are victims of rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner in the U.S. – more than 12 million women and men over the course of a year. (CDC)
  • Intimate partner violence can occur among heterosexual or same-sex couples and can affect any person regardless of age, race, ethnicity, religion, or socio-economic status. (CDC)
  • Twenty-nine percent of women and nearly 10% of men in the U.S. have experienced sexual violence, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner and reported that the violence impacted them in some way. (CDC)
  • The majority of victims of intimate partner violence first experience violence before the age of 25. (CDC)
  • Intimate partner violence is preventable! One key strategy for prevention is the promotion of respectful, nonviolent relationships. (CDC)
  • Primary prevention strategies include things like learning skills for communication, problem-solving, and conflict resolutions. Young people should start to learn these skills early on.
  • Community support and connectedness is a protective factor for intimate partner violence.
  • Help is available. Call the Utah Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-897

 

Nearly three out of four (74%) of Americans personally know someone who is or has been a victim of domestic violence.  Some of the the warning signs include; possessiveness, unpredictability, extreme controlling behavior, blaming the victim for anything bad that happens, sabotage of birth control methods, demeaning the victim publicly, isolation from friends of family, cruelty to animals, embarrassment or humiliation of the victim in public.

 

Help is available for anyone concerned about their own relationship or the safety of a friend or family member at the Utah Domestic Violence LINKLine, a 24/7 toll free and confidential hotline: call 1-800-897- LINK (5465). You can also call The Vernal Victim’s Advocate at (435)-789-4250, the Duchesne County Victim’s Advocate at (435)-722-8003 or the Ute Tribe Victim’s Advocate at (435)-722-5756.

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