Domestic violence knows no bounds. Anyone can be an abuser and anyone can be a victim of domestic violence. There is no one typical, detectable personality of an abuser. About 25% of women and about 14% of men experience severe intimate partner violence over their lifetimes. It is also well established that about 70% of the victims of intimate partner homicides are female. While domestic violence occurs in all socio-economic, racial, religious, and ethnic groups; women living in poverty are at a greater risk of becoming victims, according to the U.S. Dept. of Justice. Shockingly, pregnant women are also at a greater risk.
What is domestic violence?
"Domestic violence" means any assault, aggravated assault, battery, aggravated battery, sexual assault, sexual battery, stalking, aggravated stalking, kidnapping, false imprisonment, or any criminal offense resulting in physical injury or death of one family or household member by another family or household member.
The presence of a gun in a domestic violence situation increases the risk of homicide by 500%.