[BLOG] STOP Domestic Violence

By Brittany Allen, Blogger
St. Hope Foundation

The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that globally 38% of murders against women are committed by an intimate partner. Every 9 seconds in the US a woman is assaulted or beaten. While around the world at least one in every three women has been beaten, coerced into sex or abused during her lifetime. Nearly 1 in 5 teenage girls who have been in a relationship said a boyfriend threatened violence or self-harm if presented with a breakup. Studies suggest that up to 10 million children witness some form of domestic violence annually.

According to reports from 10 countries, between 55 percent and 95 percent of women who had been physically abused by their partners had never contacted non-governmental organizations, shelters, or the police for help.

The costs of intimate partner violence in the US alone exceed $5.8 billion per year: $4.1 billion are for direct medical and health care services, while productivity losses account for nearly $1.8 billion.

As stated in the statistics provided above, domestic violence behavior is a constant issue all over the world. In order to put a stop to it we must push towards educating others as well as ourselves on the issue. We should also educate victims on how to cope with the physical, and mental abuse that comes along with domestic abuse.

St. Hope Foundation supports putting a stop to domestic violence as well as promoting to educate others on the issue. If you or a loved one are in a position where you are facing domestic violence, please feel free to contact St. Hope at (713)778-1300 or speak to the staff at your next appointment to receive assistance.