Violence Against Women Prevention Program

Domestic Violence
Domestic violence can be defined as 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. Domestic violence can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person. This includes any behaviors that intimidate, manipulate, humiliate, isolate, frighten, terrorize, coerce, threaten, blame, hurt, injure, or wound someone.

Dating Violence
Dating violence can be defined as the physical, sexual, verbal, or emotional abuse of one partner by the other partner in a current or former dating relationship. Abusive behavior is any act carried out by one partner aimed at hurting or controlling the other.

FORMS

  • Physical abuse
  • Emotional or verbal abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Economic abuse

THE NUMBERS
Domestic and Dating Violence Statistics on Guam

  • 1,035 cases of family violence involving 1,172 victims
  • 77% female victims
  • 21% involved sexual assault
  • 9% involved stalking or harassment
  • 82% involved threats or use of violence
  • 14% of victims required medical attention
  • 51% of cases, victims did not live with the perpetrator

Source: Guam Police Department. (2006). [Family Violence Incidents]. Unpublished raw data.

Domestic and Dating Violence Statistics on Guam

  • 543 cases of family violence were filed by the Prosecution Division

Source: The Office of Attorney General of Guam. (2008). 2008 annual report. Retrieved July 2, 2010, from http://www.guamag.org/annual_report/ar_2008.pdf

U.S. Statistics on Domestic and Dating Violence

  • 1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence during her lifetime.
  • Young women ages 16-24 experience the highest rate of domestic violence – 16 per 1,000 women.
  • 53% of victims (women and men) of domestic violence are abused by a current or former boyfriend or girlfriend.
  • 39-54% of victims remain in physically abusive relationships.

Source: University of Texas at Austin. (2006). Basic statistics on domestic violence and sexual assault.; National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. (n.d.). Dating violence.; The National Center for Victims of Crime. (n.d.). Campus dating violence fact sheet.

TAKE ACTION NOW

  • If you feel uncomfortable, awkward, tense, or even fearful in your dating relationship, trust your feelings and get out of it. It may be an abusive relationship.
  • Know that the violence in a relationship will not just stop or go away.
  • Be on the lookout for friends that may be in a violent dating situation or relationship.
  • Take action if you suspect that someone you know is being abusive.
  • If you are hurting someone else, have the courage to get help.

WAYS TO HELP A VICTIM/SURVIVOR

  • Ask direct questions gently.
  • Listen without judging.
  • Let the victim know how you can support him/her.
  • Explain that physical violence in a relationship is never acceptable, at any time.
  • Make it clear that the victim/survivor is not alone.
  • Let the victim/survivor know that it is likely that the violence will continue and will likely escalate.
  • Provide assistance to the victim, which you are comfortable and equipped to help with.
  • Provide information about local resources, such as support groups and victim services programs.
  • Be understanding and supportive.
  • Encourage the victim/survivor to report incidents of domestic and dating violence to local law enforcement, campus security, a mental health professional, or a trusted friend.
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