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Did You Know?
In California, it is a crime for any person to threaten, beat, sexually assault or otherwise harm another person, even if they are married. Domestic violence is more than just a "family problem" - it's a crime! Battering in not exclusively a crime against women. but they do constitute the majority of victims; thus this publication is primarily directed to the battered wife or woman. Although we have few statistics on the incidence of domestic violence we do know that:
- Approximately 30 percent of female homicide victims in the United States are killed by their husbands or boyfriends.
- Females are much more likely than males to be killed by their spouse.
- Domestic violence affects at least one out of every four American families
- From 1973 to 1981 the United States Department of Justice Statistical reports that 2.2 million women reported abuse by a mate.
Why Do They Stay?
The most frequently asked question concerning a battering situation is why does she stay? While reasons cover the range from children, love, guilt, fear, pride, embarrassment, financial dependence - or a combination thereof - it is very possible the woman is unaware that she may be locked into a violence cycle.