Rihanna’s alleged assault puts domestic violence in spotlight..

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We don’t know all the facts but what we do know is that Chris Brown was arrested for allegedly assaulting Rihanna.

If Rihanna was indeed a victim of domestic violence she is only one of the estimated 1.3 million women and 835 000 men who are  physically assaulted by an intimate partner annually in the United States.

I have been and continue to be involved with agencies that seek to protect women and men from domestic violence-I urge you to get involved to help prevent domestic violence you could save a life or lives!

Here are some brief stats provided by the U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics, the American Bar Association, the American Institute on Domestic Violence and Feminist.org.

Domestic violence is a global problem:  At least one woman in every three (think about three women you know and then read this again) has been beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused in her lifetime. Most often the abuser is a member of her own family.

Approximately four million American women experience a serious assault by an intimate partner during a 12-month period.

Black females experienced intimate partner violence at a rate 35% higher than that of white females, and about 22 times the rate of women of other races. Black males experienced intimate partner violence at a rate about 62% higher than that of white males and about 22 times the rate of men of other races.

African-American women experience significantly more domestic violence than White women in the age group of 20-24.

The health-related costs of rape, physical assault, stalking, and homicide by intimate partners exceed $5.8 billion each year.

Lost productivity and earnings due to intimate partner violence accounts for almost  $1.8 billion each year.

Women are more likely to be attacked by someone they know rather than by a stranger.

1, 232 women and 440  men approximately, ARE KILLED, KILLED each year by an intimate partner.

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2 thoughts on “Rihanna’s alleged assault puts domestic violence in spotlight..

  1. I am a physician in primary care adult medicine , I have not done much in the area of domestic violence except assit a patient to access Womens shelter for abuse and counseling . I am appalled at the current tone of the general media that has commented on the Rhiana situation , I have no official information but with what has been presented to the media this is an agregious act for a 19 year old , This early in life with this level of abuse and the victim , this earyl in life tolerating this level of abuse, the bigger issue is the timid media , I hear more discussion about Arod and other sports fans use of anabolic steroids , In all aspects of the media to not aggressively challenge this subject in addtion the celeberties who have caussually dismissed this act . It is imperative from Eric Holder on down that this act is used to challenge the sick subtle acceptance of this behaviour as a good boy gone bad for a moment and call it what it is and acknowledge the true risk here for Rhiana of death and more emotional physical injury

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