Behind closed doors our families are being torn apart by violence. The privacy that protects the family also hides the pain, suffering and terror of violence against women.
* Every 18 seconds, somewhere is the U.S.A. a woman is beaten, according to the FBI. With every passing minute, 3 more woman are beaten.
* 30 % of women who are murdered die at the hands of husbands or lovers. (1982 FBI study).
* 25 % of suicide attempts by women are related to battering (Stark and Flitcraft, “Domestic Violence and Female Suicide”).
* 50 % of all injuries presented by women in emergency rooms are the result of abuse: 21 % of all women who use emergency services are battered.
* 50 % of men who batter their partners also abuse their children (Lenore Walker, The Battered Women Syndrome, 1984).
* 80 % of abusers experienced or witnessed abuse while they were growing up (Walker, 1984).
* There are 660 battered women for each available shelter space in Wisconsin.
Domestic violence effects us all. It’s not a shame, it’s a crime. We all have a responsibility to find our own ways of helping to build better non-violent communities.