Domestic violence (DV) is not explicitly physical violence. It is an umbrella term that includes other forms of abuse, such as emotional, verbal and economic abuse, control and intimidation, domination by male privilege, and isolation.
Any behavior where the intention is to harm or control someone in an intimate partner relationship by causing fear, being physically abusive, or using means to weaken the victim fall under DV. Most victims of DV are women, but men can be subject to abuse from an intimate partner as well.
Here are a few national facts and figures pulled from the National DV hotline:
Every minute, about 20 people are victims of rape, physical violence, or stalking
1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men aged 18 and older have been the victim of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime
IPV (Intimate Partner Violence) affects more than 12 million people per year
According to the FBI, a woman is beaten every 9 seconds in the US
Two-thirds of female victims of stalking were stalked by a current or former intimate partner
A child witnessed violence in 22% of intimate partner violence cases filed in state courts
In Georgia specifically, DV reporting is just as sobering:
From 2003 to 2018, at least 2,035 Georgians lost their lives to DV
Georgia was ranked 25th in the nation for women killed by men
More than 100 Georgians are killed each year to DV-related homicide
In FFY 2018, 45,715 crisis calls were made to Georgia's certified DV agencies
DV-related deaths account for 33% of murder-suicide deaths in Georgia in 2018
Regardless of a person's identity or representation, no one deserves harm or abuse in any fashion. Below are some resources for residents in and around the metro-Atlanta area.
Women's Resource Center to End Domestic Violence provides a safe space for women who are victims of DV. In a climate where differences further divide, this agency offers services to those in need regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) mainly calls to mind issues around health and diseases. The organization also has a Division of Violence Prevention that serves a commitment to ending violence, intimate partner violence included. Their site provides resources for victim hotlines, information and facts on intimate partner violence, and programs geared toward prevention methods.
Partnership Against DV is Georgia's largest non-profit organization that provides a host of programs and services for individuals involved in DV. Among these are an emergency safe house, legal advocacy, a 24-hour crisis line, a supportive housing program, and support groups.
Atlanta currently has 6 DV and abuse programs. These links are courtesy of domesticshelters.org, who provide national resources for women who need assistance with finding shelter from a domestic abuse household.
Women's Resource Center to End DV, Atlanta residents: 404-688-9436
National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
For shelter and advocacy, Georgia Coalition Against DV: 1-800-33-HAVEN