Facts about Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence Roundtable Information

Domestic violence is a leading cause of injury to women in Muscogee County and nationwide. More than 4,000 women are killed each year in this country by their boyfriends or husbands. That's not counting men and children, who are also victims of domestic violence. Yet it is only recently that Americans are beginning to recognize that family violence is much more than a private matter -- it is an epidemic that impacts the lives of everyone, in every community, business, and family.

Domestic violence knows no bounds. Women living in violent homes often carry this experience with them to work, and it shows -- in the form of lost productivity, stress, increased healthcare costs, employee absenteeism and turnover, and too often workplace violence. The U.S. Justice Department estimates that, in 60,000 incidents of on-the-job violence each year, the victims know their attackers intimately, and 74% of employed battered women are harassed by abusive husbands and partners in their work environment.

  • Acts of domestic violence occur every 9 seconds in the United States.
  • 6 million women are beaten each year by their husbands or boyfriends.
  • Battering is the single major cause of injury to women.
  • About half of all couples experience at least one violent incident
  • 21% of all women who use the hospital emergency room are battered.
  • 1 in 4 female suicides were victims of family violence.
  • Children who have witness abuse or have been abused are 1,000 times more likely to abuse a spouse or child when they become adults.

If you are a victim of Domestic or Family Violence, help is available. If you are in IMMEDIATE danger you should contact local authorities NOW by dialing 911.

Possible Signs of Domestic Abuse

Warning Signs of Potential Violence

  • Victim wearing inappropriate clothing - during summer months, the wearing of jeans or long-sleeved shirts
  • Total demeanor change - a victim may become very quiet in the presence of the abuser when before the abuser entered, the victim was laughing and joking
  • Bruises and scars
  • Time with family is often very minimal or the victim is only allowed to visit family with the abuser
  • Victim often in financial need
  • Did he grow up in a violent home?
  • Does he tend to use force or violence to solve problems?
  • Does he abuse alcohol or other drugs?
  • Does he have strong traditional ideals about what a man should be and what a woman should be?
  • Is he jealous of other relationships - not just with other men - but also with women friends or family members?
  • Does he have access to guns, knives, or other lethal instruments?
  • Does he expect you to follow his orders or advice?
  • Does he go through extreme highs and lows?
  • When he gets angry, do you fear him? Do you find not making him angry becomes a major part of your life?

Protection Against Domestic Violence

  • Are you afraid of your partner's temper?
  • Are you overly concerned about what kind of mood your partner is in?
  • Your partner prevents you from seeing your friends or family, or alienates them so that they are uncomfortable being around him.
  • Your partner threatens to hurt you, the children, your family, friends or pets.
  • Your partner yells at you, reprimands you, or demeans you in public.
  • Your partner hits, slaps, pushes or shoves you, pulls your hair, or inflicts physical injury on you in any way.
  • Your partner prevents you from getting, or keeping, a job.

If you need help, contact the Muscogee County Sheriff's Office at (706) 653-4225, or the Columbus Police Department at (706)653-3000. If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, call 911.

Leave your current location, or have someone stay with you. Go to a battered-women's shelter. Call Columbus Alliance for Battered Women at (706) 324-3850 for emergency assistance or ongoing needs.

Get medical attention from your doctor or hospital emergency room. Ask the staff to photograph your injuries and keep detailed records in case you decide to take legal action.

National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233
In Georgia: 1-800-33HAVEN (1-800-334-2836)
In Alabama: 1-800-650-6522