Domestic, dating, and sexual violence are costly and pervasive problems in this country, causing victims, as well as witnesses and bystanders, in every community to suffer incalculable pain and loss. In addition to the lives taken and injuries suffered, partner violence shatters the sense of well-being that allows people to thrive. It also can cause health problems that last a lifetime, and diminish children’s prospects in school and in life. Click below for more information.
Prevention and Action
Lifetime and one-year estimates for IPV (Intimate Partner Violence), SV (Sexual Violence), and stalking are alarmingly high for adult Americans, with IPV alone affecting more than 12 million people each year. Collective action is needed to implement prevention approaches and ensure appropriate responses. It is important for all sectors of society, including individuals, families, and communities, to work together to end IPV, SV, and stalking. Opportunities for prevention and intervention include:
- Promote healthy, respectful relationships in families by fostering healthy parent-child relationships and developing positive family dynamics and emotionally supportive environments.
- Provide coordinated services for survivors of IPV, SV, and stalking to ensure healing and prevent recurrence of victimization.
- Hold perpetrators responsible by enforcing laws adequately and consistently.
- Implement strong data systems for the monitoring and evaluation of IPV, SV, and stalking to help understand trends in these problems, provide information on which to base development and evaluation of prevention and intervention programs, and monitor and measure the effectiveness of these efforts.
Source: Centers for Disease Control