The Cost of Domestic Violence

Many people who are violent toward family members never drink or use drugs. Others drink or use drugs but never batter. So we cannot say that alcohol or drugs cause family violence.

  • About 60% of family violence cases also involve substance abuse. When both are occurring, both are harder to stop.
  • Children learn from their experiences; this includes learning violence. It is more likely that an adult man who was abused as a child or saw his mother being battered will abuse his wife or girlfriend.
  • Of all the abused adults with visible injuries, 95% are women.
  • While it’s true that some women do hit men, it’s the other way around in most cases.
  • Battering causes more injury to women than auto accidents, street mugging, and rape combined. More than 33% of the women seen in emergency rooms have been recently battered.
  • Threats, harassment, and assaults often escalate just after a battered women leaves her abuser. Leaving can be the most dangerous time in the relationship. That’s why it’s important for her to go to a safe, secure place such as a battered women’s shelter.
  • Texas law permits immediate arrest for suspected family violence, and many police departments now make such arrests. 
  • An average of 75% of urban police time and 35% of rural police time is spent responding to family violence calls.
  • Arrest and jail alone are not usually enough to make a batterer permanently stop being violent. Counseling is also necessary. However, arresting and jailing batterers is important because it temporarily stops their violence and lets them know that our society does not tolerate battering.
  • Fifty percent of American females experience family violence at some time in their lives. Your daughter, sister, or neighbor could be next. That makes it your business. 
  • Family violence also touches your pocketbook. As a taxpayer, you are affected every time police answer a family violence call, or a woman visits an emergency room because of battering.
 
Source: Texas Council on Family Violence, http://www.tcfv.org