Some facts about domestic violence
A woman is battered in the United States every 15 seconds.
Domestic violence can strike any household.
One third of the homicides in this country are domestic violence
related. Domestic violence can be fatal.
National statistics indicate that as many as 50% of all women in
America experience violence in their intimate relationships.
Domestic violence is a fact.
Besides beatings, battering can involve threats of violence,
verbal abuse and/or sexual assault. Domestic violence is not
something anyone enjoys, asks for, or deserves.
Victims of domestic violence often feel isolated, powerless,
fearful, guilty, and dependent financially and/or physically.
Domestic violence can leave victims feeling trapped and unable
to help themselves.
Children who learn violence at home are at risk of continuing
the violence in their own relationships as adults, either as
batterers or as victims. Domestic violence can have long-term
effects on children.
Spousal abuse in Massachusetts is a crime and the batterer can
be sent to prison. Domestic violence is intolerable and must stop.
Lynn Police Department
Domestic Violence Unit
300 Washington Street
Lynn, MA 01902