Commitment on behalf of individuals, children, and families who will benefit from our work.Collaboration within our local communities and with regional and state coalitions.27.2% of women and 11.7% of men have experienced unwanted sexual contact (by any perpetrator).[vii]One in 6 women (16.2%) and 1 in 19 men (5.2%) in the United States have experienced stalking victimization at some point during their lifetime in which they felt very fearful or believed that they or someone close to them would be harmed or killed (by any perpetrator).[i]Repeatedly receiving unwanted telephone calls, voice, or text messages was the most commonly experienced stalking tactic for both female and male victims of stalking (78.8% for women and 75.9% for men).[iv]About 1 in 5 women and nearly 1 in 7 men who ever experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner, first experienced some form of partner violence between 11 and 17 years of age.[ii]Most female and male victims of rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner (69% of female victims, 53% of male victims) experienced some form of intimate partner violence for the first time before 25 years of age.[vii]A survey of American employees found that 44% of full-time employed adults personally experienced domestic violence’s effect in their workplaces, and 21% identified themselves as victims of intimate partner violence.[iii]64% of the respondents in a 2005 survey who identified themselves as victims of domestic violence indicated that their ability to work was affected by the violence.More than half of domestic violence victims (57%) said they were distracted, almost half (45%) feared getting discovered, and two in five were afraid of their intimate partner’s unexpected visit (either by phone or in person).[iv]Nine in ten employees (91%) say that domestic violence has a negative impact on their company’s bottom line. Even simple statements listed on a profile such as school attended, sport played, or even a jersey number can allow predators to target them. It is endemic in the community and affects people of all walks of life regardless of age, culture, sexual identity, ability, ethnicity, religion or socioeconomic status.* Family violence can take many forms and is when someone (the abuser) uses behaviour that is violent, threatening, intimidating or controlling, or intended to cause the family or household member to be fearful.Abusive behaviours include: Physical: hitting, slapping, threats, restraining, biting, scratching, pinching, kicking, punching, pushing, burning, stabbing, shooting Psychological and emotional: threats, intimidation, name calling, put downs, isolation, economic abuse (forcing a person to give up his/her wages or not letting him/her have access to money), abusing or using children or pets to create fear, stalking, harassing, guilt trips, blaming Sexual: unwanted sexual contact – e.g.touching, rape, verbal harassment, making you do sexual things without consent that may hurt, make you feel ashamed, or bad, making you feel guilty if you say no to sex, not using contraception when you ask them to Family violence can happen to anyone.
Family violence has a huge impact on those who experience it. Family violence can happen to anyone but in 95% of reported incidents, it is mainly committed by men against women, children and other vulnerable people*.The abuser may be from a current or past intimate relationship, a carer or a guardian, other family member including step family regardless of gender and sexuality.Survivors of family violence come from all socio-economic and cultural backgrounds.Family violence is characterised by one individual’s power and control over another.