Stop Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence is preventable and a serious Public Health issue


Domestic Violence (Intimate Partner Violence) is a preventable and serious public health problem that affects millions across our country.  It is a widespread problem in Georgia and includes family violence, intimate partner violence, and teen dating violence.

Facts and stastics -

  • It is a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another intimate partner
  • Tactics include physical and sexual violence, isolation, economic and emotional abuse, intimidation, reproduction coercion and stalking
  • Violence is primarily committed by men against women
  • Georgia is ranked 10th in the nation for men killing women
  • In 37% of cases, children witnessed the domestic violence homicide
  • 49% of victims began their relationship with the perpetrator between the ages of 13-24 years of age
  • Nationally, 1 in 5 women and 1 in 7 men have experienced severe physical violence by an intimate partner at some point in their lifetime 
  • This abuse includes being hit with a fist or hard object, beaten, or slammed against something
  • 1 in 6 women and 1 in 17 men have been stalked by an intimate partner during their lifetime, fearing they or someone close to them would be harmed or killed
  • Among high school students, 21% of girls and 10% of boys experienced physical and/or sexual dating violence

“There are also many negative outcomes associated with IPV.  These include a range of conditions affecting the heart, digestive, reproductive, muscle and bones, and nervous systems, many of which are chronic in nature. Survivors can experience mental health problems such as depression and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  They are at higher risk for engaging in health risk behaviors such as smoking, binge drinking, and sexual risk behaviors.”

Risk and Protective Factors for Perpetration:  to see individual, relationship and community risk factors for IPV

Preventing Intimate Partner Violence:  for ways to stop the violence before it starts

Intimate Partner Violence: Prevention Strategies: ways to prevent IP Violence

If you or someone you know is experiencing Domestic Violence call:

1-800-33HAVEN (1-800-334-2836) – for Georgia residents

1-800-799-723 – National Domestic Violence Hotline

1-866-331-9474 – National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline

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