For Love Alone.....Love Does Not Hurt!

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Domestic violence is real, I know because I am a survivor! This group is for the purpose of encouraging, educatiing, and just simply having a voice for all the women and men and please let's not forget the children that suffer from the hands of a abuser. Love does not hurt! It takes loving yourself with the help of God to walk away. I thank God that I was able to do just that. We all have a story to tell, your story may help someone gather the courage and strength to walk away! It's a hard thing to do, I am so blessed to have been able to walk away, verses being rolled away, or escorted away in handcuffs! I can now talk about what I endured and now know that God's purpose for me is to help someone else do the same. Let's talk about it, it's been around for years, I grew up in an abusvie home. As a little girl I swore that I would never let a man hit me.....guess what I did!

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Domestic violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior perpetrated by an intimate partner against another. It is an epidemic affecting individuals in every community, regardless of age, economic status, race, religion, nationality or educational background. Violence against women is often accompanied by emotionally abusive and controlling behavior, and thus is part of a systematic pattern of dominance and control. Domestic violence results in physical injury, psychological trauma, and sometimes death. The consequences of domestic violence can cross generations and truly last a lifetime.
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SEXUAL ASSAULT AND STALKING One in 6 women and 1 in 33 men have experienced an attempted or completed rape.10 Nearly 7.8 million women have been raped by an intimate partner at some point in their lives.11 Sexual assault or forced sex occurs in approximately 40-45% of battering relationships.12 1 in 12 women and 1 in 45 men have been stalked in their lifetime.13 81% of women stalked by a current or former intimate partner are also physically assaulted by that partner; 31% are also sexually assaulted by that partner.13
CHILDREN WHO WITNESS Witnessing violence between one⿿s parents or caretakers is the strongest risk factor of transmitting violent behavior from one generation to the next.7 Boys who witness domestic violence are twice as likely to abuse their own partners and children when they become adults.8 30% to 60% of perpetrators of intimate partner violence also abuse children in the household.9
HOMICIDE AND INJURY Almost one-third of female homicide victims that are reported in police records are killed by an intimate partner.14 In 70-80% of intimate partner homicides, no matter which partner was killed, the man physically abused the woman before the murder.12 Less than one-fifth of victims reporting an injury from intimate partner violence sought medical treatment following the injury.15 Intimate partner violence results in more than 18.5 million mental health care visits each year.16 One in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime.1 An estimated 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner each year.2 85% of domestic violence victims are women.3 Historically, females have been most often victimized by someone they knew.4 Females who are 20-24 years of age are at the greatest risk of nonfatal intimate partner violence.5 Most cases of domestic violence are never reported to the police.6
DID YOU KNOW? The cost of intimate partner violence exceeds $5.8 billion each year, $4.1 billion of which is for direct medical and mental health services.17
Victims of intimate partner violence lost almost 8 million days of paid work because of the violence perpetrated against them by current or former husbands, boyfriends and dates. This loss is the equivalent of more than 32,000 full-time jobs and almost 5.6 million days of household productivity as a result of violence.17
There are 16,800 homicides and $2.2 million (medically treated) injuries due to intimate partner violence annually, which costs $37 billion.18