William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital
Domestic Violence Awareness
Intimate partner violence can happen to anyone regardless of gender, age, education level, amount of money one has. It can happen to people of all racial, ethnic and cultural groups and any religion and sexual orientation. 22-31% of women in the Unites States report having experienced IPV in their lifetimes. Women Veterans are more likely than non-veterans to experience IPV. Among women veterans, 39% report having experienced IPV at some point in their lives.
IPV can also lead to relationship problems, low self-esteem, eating disorders and depression. People who have experienced IPV can have a hard time talking about it. They may feel embarrassed and ashamed. Remember, victims are not the cause of the abuse. Nothing one says or does can excuse the abuse.
For more information and help:
National toll-free 24-hour Domestic Violence hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7223) http://www.ndvh.org*
National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-4673 http://www.rainn.org*
Domestic Abuse Crisis Line (DAIS): (608)-251-4445 http://www.abuseintervention.org/