Domestic violence is more than a problem for many Philadelphia residents. It is a factor in their lives that may prevent them from holding down jobs, caring for themselves and others, and, generally, living lives free of fear and terror. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, more Pennsylvanians suffer as the victims of domestic violence than readers of this blog may expect.
According to NCADV, more than 17 percent of Philadelphia students have been victimized by significant others in domestic violence incidents. More than 19 percent of female Pennsylvanians have been stalked at some point in their lives, and one out of every three American women has been physically victimized by a significant other with whom they shared an intimate relationship.
Men are not immune to suffering from domestic violence at the hands of others. One out of every four American men has suffered physical violence from an intimate partner. Domestic violence often occurs between the partners to adult relationships and, nationally, domestic violence hotlines receive around 21,000 calls every single day.
These statistics are both shocking and upsetting since many victims often hide their abuse from others. As there is no way to know what happens behind the closed doors of other people's homes domestic violence victims can feel as though they are alone in their suffering.
Readers of this family law blog should know that there are legal actions that may provide victims of domestic violence with opportunities to separate themselves from their aggressors and find safety for themselves and their dependents. Protective orders and other court-mandated orders can require aggressors to stay away from their victims and impose sanctions against them if they violate those orders' terms.