Family-related abuse comes in many forms, including domestic assault, sexual abuse and stalking. The issue of domestic violence has become so prevalent around the world that international authorities want to see it addressed as a worldwide health problem.
Abuse against women has infested the city of Philadelphia for a very long time. In fact, 108,252 domestic violence cases were reported to the police in 2012. This growing number of domestic violence cases could endanger the lives of Philadelphia women as 24 domestic violence homicides were also reported in 2012. Spousal abuse, or domestic violence, comes in several forms such as stalking, emotional distress and physical and sexual abuse. According to experts, these acts are somewhat related to homelessness, poverty and job instability.