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The Facts:

  • Every Nine Seconds a Woman is Beaten.
  • The number of American troops killed in Afghanistan and Iraq between 2001 and 2012 was 6,488. The number of American women murdered by current or ex male partners during that time was 11,766. That’s nearly double the amount of causalities lost during the war.
  • Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women, more than car accidents, muggings, and rapes combined.
  • 98% of financial abuse occurs in all domestic violence cases. The number one reason domestic abuse survivors stay or return to the abusive relationship is because the abuser controls their money supply, leaving them with no financial resources to break free.
  • Domestic violence is the third leading cause of homelessness among families. Lack of housing is the number one reason given as to why women return to an abusive relationship.

Warning Signs:

  • Are you always “walking on eggshells” around your husband or boyfriend?
  • Has he hit or kicked walls or doors or destroyed things, especially things that mean a lot to you?
  • Does he control your finances, or use Bible verses to put you down?
  • Does he tell you who you can see or talk to?
  • Does he often seem angry, or have “no idea what you’re talking about,” whenever you try to discuss an issue?
  • Do you often feel confused when he gets angry at you?

If you are experiencing any of this on an on-going basis, you may be in an abusive relationship. Domestic abuse is a pattern of behaviors used to gain, maintain power and control in an intimate relationship.

Am I being abused? (pdf)

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Abuse Recovery Ministry & Services