Battered Persons Advocacy

Domestic Violence

What is domestic violence?

Domestic Violence is also called family violence, spousal abuse and intimate partner violence. All of these have the same definition which is: A pattern of purposeful behavior, including physical, sexual, psychological attacks and economic control, directed at achieving compliance from or control over an intimate partner. We experience this kind of violence, from an intimate partner, differently than if it were at the hands of a stranger.   And intimate partner can be any one you have an emotionally intimate relationship with.

Domestic violence has been shown to be a precursor to many social ills such as:

  • Delinquency
  • Alcohol and drug abuse
  • Birth defects
  • Mental illness
  • Chronic disease

How big is the problem of domestic violence?

  • 1 in 4 women are victims in their lifetime
  • Largest cause of injury to women in the U.S.
  • 90% of victims are women
  • 30% of women in emergency rooms are victims of domestic violence
  • 44-70% of women murdered are killed by an intimate partner
  • 50% of batterers also abuse their children

The Impact of Domestic Violence in Douglas County, Oregon:

  • Douglas County schools survey found that 35% of sixth grade students had witnessed domestic violence at home
  • Over 4,000 shelter nights at BPA for families fleeing domestic violence each year
  • Over 700+ restraining orders filed each year
  • Over 6,000 crisis calls each year
  • Programs such as BPA typically serve only 5-10% of the victim population