Wakefield Alliance Against Violence

What Is Domestic Violence?

Also known as relational violence or intimate partner violence. It is defined as a pattern of behaviors that someone uses to gain and maintain power and control over another person.

The frequency and severity of domestic violence can vary dramatically!

Common Types of Abuse

Physical Identity
Sexual Technological
Verbal Stalking
Emotional Financial

Warning Signs/Red Flags

Controlling Behaviors

 Domestic Violence Statistics:

In 2018, DV accounted for 20% of all violence crime.

1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have experienced some form of physical violence from an intimate partner.

1 in 10 women in the United States will be raped by an intimate partner in her lifetime

Abusers’ access to firearms increases the risk of intimate partner homicide by 400%.

On a typical day, local domestic violence hotlines receive approximately 19,159 calls, or 13 calls every minute.

On average it takes someone between 7-13x to leave their partner 

1 in 15 children are exposed to intimate partner violence each year, and 90% of these children are eyewitnesses to this violence.

Victims of intimate partner violence lose a total of 8,000,000 days of paid work each year, the equivalent of 32,000 full-time jobs.


Phrases we often hear:

“Are you sure that’s what happened?”

“I must be crazy”

“But you’re so much bigger than them”

“Sounds like they’re just crazy”

“That couldn’t happen to me”

“But he seems like such a nice guy”



Melrose Alliance Against Violence – www.maav.org

Jane Doe Inc – https://www.janedoe.org/

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence – https://ncadv.org/statistics

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WAAV meets the third Wednesday of each month, 8:30am
@ WCAT, 24 Hemlock Road (behind the high school)

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