Violence Against Women

There are many different types of violence that are taken against women. NIWHRC wants to shed light on all types of violence and bring resources to aid women in gathering the tools needed to end the violence.

Domestic violence and emotional abuse are behaviors used by one person in a relationship to control the other. Partners may be married or not married; heterosexual, gay, or lesbian; living together, separated or dating.

Examples of abuse include: 
• Name-calling or putdowns 
• Keeping a partner from contacting their family or friends 
• Withholding money 
• Stopping a partner from getting or keeping a job 
• Actual or threatened physical harm 
• Sexual assault 
• Stalking 
• Intimidation

"If you are in immediate danger consider calling 911 immediately."

Violence can be criminal and includes physical assault (hitting, pushing, shoving, etc.), sexual abuse (unwanted or forced sexual activity), and stalking. Although emotional, psychological and financial abuse are not criminal behaviors, they are forms of abuse and can lead to criminal violence. Violence should not happen to anybody. But it does - and when it does, there is help. Maybe you have lived with abuse, maybe it happened just once; maybe you work or live next to someone who is being abused right now. Whatever the situation bottom line is abuse is WRONG!

What is Abuse? - A Warning List

Many people who are being abused do not see themselves as victims. Also, abusers do not see themselves as being abusive. People often think of domestic violence as physical violence, such as hitting. However, domestic violence takes other forms, such as psychological, emotional, or sexual abuse.
If your partner repeatedly uses one or more of the following to control you;
• pushing, hitting, slapping, choking, kicking, or biting
• threatening you, your children, other family members or pets
• threatening suicide to get you to do something
• using or threatening to use a weapon against you
• keeping or taking your paycheck
• puts you down or makes you feel bad
• forcing you to have sex or to do sexual acts you do not want or like
• keeping you from seeing your friends, family or from going to work

If you are being abused, REMEMBER
1. You are not alone 
2. It is not your fault 

3. Help is available

Approximately 1.5 million women are raped and/or physically assaulted by an intimate partner each year.
In 2005, 1,181 women were murdered by an intimate partner. That's an average of three women every day. Of all the women murdered in the U.S., about one-third were killed by an intimate partner.
According to the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, women experience about 4.8 million intimate partner-related physical assaults and rapes every year.
Less than 20 percent of battered women seek medical treatment following an injury.
According to the National Crime Victimization Survey, which includes crimes that were not reported to the police, 232,960 women in the U.S. were raped or sexually assaulted in 2006.
Young women, low-income women and some minorities are disproportionately victims of domestic violence and rape.
Women ages 20-24 are at greatest risk of nonfatal domestic violence, and women age 24 and under suffer from the highest rates of rape.

"Remember threatened or actual physical violence may be illegal. Consider calling the police for help."

Find a safe place

It is not fair. You should not have to leave your home because of what your abuser has done. But sometimes it is the only way you will be safe. There are shelters that can help you move to a different city or state. Your local town court clerk can put you in touch with them, or look in the front of your phonebook for community services and emergency numbers.

Additional Links and Information

On May 5, 2010, the Urban Indian Health Institute (UIHI) released the Urban American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) Reproductive Health report, which discussed the urgent need to address reproductive health risks and sexual violence faced by urban AI/AN women today. 
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National Domestic Violence Hotline - 1-800-799-7233 or 1-800-787-3224 (TDD)
Safe Link - 1-877-785-2020

American Domestic Violence Crisis Hotline - 1-866-879-6636
Rape Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) - 1-800-656-4673
Haven - 1-877-922-1274
Common Ground - 1-800-231-1127

Web Sites

Feminist Majority Foundation
National Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women
United States Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women
Department of Defense Sexual Assault Prevention and Response
Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse
Prevention Connection
Alaska Native Justice Center
Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women
Mending the Sacred Hoop
Sacred Circle
Tribal Protection Orders
Native American Women's Health Education Resource Center
STOP Violence Against Women
Amnesty International USA
National Indian Justice Center
Institute for Native Justice

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