Domestic Violence is one of the most common causes of injury to women in the United States. The head, face, neck, chest, breasts, and abdomen are the areas most frequently injured. Domestic Violence affects all types of people, regardless of gender, ethnicity, race, sexual identity, socioeconomic status, and religion. Many people have experienced domestic violence. It is estimated that 25% of women and 8% of men in the United States have been physically and/or sexually abused by an intimate partner at some point in their adult lives.
After battering starts, without intervention, it usually continues and is likely to increase in severity. For example, battering that starts with a slap may escalate over time to kicking and shoving and finally choking. The repeated injury and stress of living in a violent relationship often results in long-lasting health problems such as post-traumatic stress disorder, headaches, chronic neck or back pain, depression, and sexually transmitted diseases (including HIV/AIDS). Other long-lasting health problems include irritable bowel syndrome, fibromyalgia, panic attacks, and pelvic pain. In fact, abused women have a 50% to 70% increase in these kinds of major health problems. Women who are abused are also more likely to smoke or abuse alcohol.