If you're a woman in America today, the person most likely to murder you is your spouse, ex-spouse or another intimate partner.
The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which helps protect women against domestic violence and assists those who are victimized through various programs, came into being in 1994. However, it was a time-limited measure that had to be periodically renewed.
There's a lot of new research emerging that's focused on the effects of domestic violence on children. Researchers are finding out that abuse actually affects children -- and the adults those children later become -- in far worse ways than they ever imagined.
There's a popular perception that domestic abusers target partners that they perceive as "weak." There's some logic in that idea since abusers generally only feel confident and strong when they have control over someone else.
When you're the survivor of domestic violence, you have immediate concerns that have to be addressed. Your ongoing safety is the number one concern you probably have -- followed quickly by trying to minimize the effect of domestic violence on other areas of your life.
Domestic violence is a problem all year long, but it can be even more intense during the holiday season. More than half of all Californians -- 58 percent -- have been touched by domestic violence at some point in their lives. That's why organizations like Blue Shield of California and others are hoping that individual communities will help address the underlying problems that lead to intimate partner violence.
While nobody is certain, psychologists estimate that up to 60 percent of the abusers in domestic violence situations suffer from borderline personality disorder (BPD).
The victims of domestic violence face a lot of obstacles when it comes to breaking free from their abusers -- not the least of which is a very justifiable fear of what will happen if they do try to leave.
Dating violence is domestic violence. However, many teens who are the victims of domestic abuse by their romantic partners don't realize that they're being abused until the violence escalates out of control.
Experts say that domestic violence is all about control. The abuser wants to obtain -- or maintain -- his or her power over the victim. That's why it's often possible to spot an abusive relationship in the making -- long before any physical violence starts.