October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Domestic violence has a serious and violent effect on not only its victims, but on our communities, and on our society. Very often, victims of domestic abuse remain silent out of fear, shame, embarrassment, and lack of supportive resources. As the crime of domestic violence continues to increase, the available funding needed to support the needed services does not.
· One in every four women will experience domestic violence in
her lifetime.
· 1 One in 33 men have experienced an attempted or
completed rape.
· An estimated 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by
an intimate partner each year
· The majority (73%) of family violence victims are female. Females
were 84% of spousal abuse victims and 86% of abuse victims at
the hands of a boyfriend
· The cost of intimate partner violence exceeds $5.8 billion each
year, $4.1 billion of which is for direct medical and mental health
· Boys who witness domestic violence are twice as likely to abuse
their own partners and children when they become adults.
Wisconsin Domestic Violence Statistics
There were 29,941 domestic abuse incidents reported to law enforcement and referred to district attorney’s offices in Wisconsin in 2010, up 1.3% from 2009 when counties reported 29,546 incidents.
Age of Victims: The age distribution of victims was similar to previous years’ reports. Nearly half of all victims were 18-29 years old. Approximately one-quarter of victims were 30-39 years old. Nineteen percent of victims were 40-49 years old and thirteen percent of victims were 50 years of age and older.
Victim/Offender Relationship: The most common relationship between offenders and victims was that of spouse/ex-spouse (27%), followed closely by partners/ex-partner from a dating relationship (25%) and cohabitant/ex-cohabitant (22%), consistent with previous years’ reports.
Arrest Rate: An arrest was made in 70% of the reported incidents. No arrest was made in 29%. [Note: Reasons for not arresting may vary. For example, if the suspect is not present when the report is made or if the suspect flees, that is counted as a “non-arrest.”]
Globe University’s Criminal Justice Program, Green Bay Campus is honored to host a community wide event to “break the silence” of domestic violence. Together with the “TraJa” organization we can make a difference by supporting their mission of raising awareness on the dramatic effects that domestic violence has on EVERY community.
The Globe University Criminal Justice Program invites you to join us as the TraJa organization shares their presentation on the issue of domestic violence.
Tuesday, October 23rd at 6pm
Globe University – Green Bay Campus
2620 Development Drive
“Thou shalt not be a victim, thou shalt not be a perpetrator, but, above all, thou shalt not be a bystander.” ~~ Yehuda Bauer
Written by Sherry Hunter, Criminal Justice Instructor at Globe University Green Bay