In 2010, Brevard County experienced 6 Domestic Violence fatalities.
3,828 domestic violence offenses were reported to law enforcement in Brevard County. We know that many more victims are not reporting to the police or accessing services due to reasons such as shame, fear, or being prevented from doing so by their abusers. For this reason, we may never know the true extent of domestic violence in our county or in the state or country.
In 2010, 1659 victims of Domestic Violence applied for an injunction for protection in Brevard County.
The Women’s Center Victim Services provided assistance to 1224 victims in 2010 with safety planning, legal advocacy support, assistance with injunctions, with the address confidentiality program, and with free empowerment focused counseling.
Facts About Domestic Violence:
1 in 5 teens experience violence and abuse in a dating relationship.
In the past 2 years, across the state of Florida, there is a 28.7 % increase in stalking. Stalking is often considered a precursor to sexual assault and domestic violence homicide. Perpetrators utilize a multitude of tactics to pursue and torture their victims including the utilization of technology to track the victims’ communication, whereabouts, and activities, as well as to engage in cyber-bullying and cyber stalking.
The US Department of Justice estimates that 95% of reported assaults on spouses or e-spouses are committed by men against women. (Douglas 1991).
Domestic Violence accounts for approximately 35% of all emergency room visits by women with injuries. (Randall T. Journal of the AMA ‘Domestic Violence Calls For More Than Treating Injuries’ 1992).
Domestic Violence is the leading cause of injury to women between the ages of 15 and 44 in the United States. It’s more common than automobile accidents, muggings and rapes combined. (Uniform Crime Reports, Federal Bureau of Investigation, 1991).
Women of all cultures, races, occupations, income levels, and ages are battered – by husbands, boyfriends, lovers and partners. (Surgeon General Antonia Novello, as quoted in Domestic Violence: Battered Women, publication of the Reference Department of the Cambridge Public Library, Cambridge, MA).
Batterers can be successful professionals such as doctors, lawyers, corporate executives, salesmen, and teachers as well as skilled and unskilled laborers. (Based on Lenore Walkers theories explained in the book, The Battered Women, 1979).
A batterer’s control of the family’s money can stop victims from ending the relationship or make the money situation harder for the woman if she leaves. (Peter Jaffe, David Wolfe & Susan Kaye Wilson. Children of Battered Women, 1990).
There are three times as many animal shelters in the United States than there are shelters for battered women. (Senate Judiciary Committee Hearings. 1990).
Injuries battered women receive are at least as serious as injuries suffered in 90% of violent felony crimes, yet under state laws, they are almost always classified as misdemeanors. (National Coalition Against Domestic Violence).