The Valdosta Daily Times on domestic violence:
Domestic violence is often a vicious cycle that must be stopped.
It is common for victims of abuse and violence to return to toxic relationships.
A large percentage of 911 calls and law-enforcement responses are the result of domestic violence.
According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence:
— Every nine seconds, a woman is assaulted or beaten in the United States.
— An average of 20 people are physically abused by intimate partners every minute in the U.S.
— There are more than 10 million abuse victims across the U.S. annually.
— One in three women and one in four men have been physically abused by an intimate partner.
— One in five women and one in seven men have been severely physically abused by an intimate partner.
— One in seven women and one in 18 men have been stalked. Stalking causes targets to fear they or someone close to them will be harmed or killed.
— On a typical day, domestic violence hotlines nationwide receive approximately 20,800 calls.
— The presence of a gun in a domestic violence situation increases the risk of homicide by 500 percent.
— Domestic violence accounts for 15 percent of all violent crime.
— Domestic violence is most common among women between the ages of 18-24.
— Nineteen percent of domestic violence involves a weapon.
— Domestic victimization is correlated with a higher rate of depression and suicidal behavior.
— Only 34 percent of people who are injured by intimate partners receive medical care for their injuries.
We commend law enforcement for trained professionals who are often called upon to defuse dangerous situations and to deal with victims in caring and sensitive ways.
Domestic violence knows no socio-economic, racial or geographical boundaries. It exists among all social groups and in every community.
Domestic violence within families is something no one wants to discuss.
It is a conversation that must take place.
The culture needs to be changed and the cycle needs to be broken.