On average, nearly 20 Americans per minute are physically abused by their partner. This adds up to more than 10 million women, children and even male victims a year.
Women are more likely to become victims of domestic violence. Statistically speaking, 1 in 5 women are victims of severe physical violence by a partner, in comparison to 1 in 7 men.
Sandy Elliott, Assistant Coordinator at the Tom Green County Sheriff’s Crisis Intervention Unit says, “Women who are in abusive situations don’t really realize it until they’re in the middle of it.”
Elliott adds there are always warning signs of an abusive partner. These signs include:
- Tries to control you
- Easily jealous
- Isolates you from your family and friends
- Monitors your every move, needs to know where you are at all times
- Verbal and emotional abuse
- If someone treats animals/pets badly, it’s a good indicator they will also abuse a partner
On average, a victim will leave their abuser 7 times before leaving permanently–often times because the perpetrator ends up harming the kids.
In the state of Texas alone, more than 150 women and children were killed as a result of family violence in 2015.
Elliot says, “A lot of them have either left or are in the process of leaving–that is the most dangerous time for a woman because domestic violence is about power and control over somebody and when that perpetrator starts to lose control, he’s going to do whatever he thinks he has to to get it back.”
Carol Salazar with the San Angelo Family Shelter says that it’s important to note family violence does not discriminate–it affects people of every race, class and religion, “It could be happening next door, it could be happening in your own house, it could be happening in your church group, you never know.”
If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, you can call the TGC Sheriff’s Crisis Intervention Unit at (325) 658-3921.
In the case of a domestic violence emergency, call 911.