According to the National Coalition against Domestic Violence, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused in the United States, meaning that this makes 10 million people a year.
Further statistics show that 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 have been victims of physical violence by an intimate partner within their lifetime in the United States.
According to the British Crime Survey Statistical Bulletin, 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men will be the victims of domestic abuse in their lifetime.
Thirty percent of women in Italy are affected by domestic violence, and Italy’s femicide rates are catching attention worldwide, according to Forbes.
These statistics seem harsh — but that’s because the reality of domestic violence is brutal.
Domestic violence has always been one of the most difficult crimes to catch and to punish.
One partner who forced sex on his or her partner is often not considered rape or abuse. Rather it’s the partner taking what’s rightfully his or her.
Furthermore, oftentimes abused partners stay with the abuser because of fear of breaking apart their family.
Several women say things like “I didn’t want to divorce him until the kids were raised.”
However, this raises the issue of whether kids are better off being raised in a violent, abusive home or a single parent home.
On this topic, people seem to take several different sides.
The consensus seems to be that domestic violence in on the rise and so is domestic murder-suicide.
This begs the question of what can be done to help prevent further “femicide” due to domestic violence.