SOME REFLECTIONS FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH - AND BEYOND.

  First and foremost: Domestic Violence is preventable!

In light of the recent Texas church shooting, a remionder of how intimate partner violence (IPV) connects with a host of other issues. Take a look at the stats we posted for October, Domestic Violence (DV) Awareness Month.

In October, Domestic Violence (DV) Awareness Month, we are reminded that intimate partner violence (IPV) is one of this country’s most underreported crimes, while the problem is hidden in plain sight. By which we mean, we live daily with the lethal outcomes of DV/IPV without recognizing them as such.

We fail to draw the connections between DV/IPV and other issues, such as child abuse, teen dating violence, gun and gang violence, mass shootings, poverty, homelessness, substance abuse, complex trauma, human trafficking, and negative health outcomes. 
 
This month and in all months that follow, CONNECT encourages those of us working in our social justice movements to take a deeper look at the links between violence in the home and violence in the world.
Homelessness

Domestic violence has become the city’s leading cause of homelessness. (Gotham Gazette, 9/18/17)

According to a New York Times report, one in every 10 public school students was homeless at some point during the 2016-17 school year - a 6% increase over the year before.(10/10/17)



Gun Violence
 
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54% of mass shootings between 2009 and 2016 were directly related to domestic or family violence,
meaning that a current partner or family member is one of the victims. But even among the other 46% of mass shootings that don’t directly involve an intimate partner, many of the attackers had exhibited at least one warning sign, such as a prior violent act or domestic violence incident. (6/14/17)

 

Firearms were used in nearly 54 percent of female homicides, and in 55 percent of those cases the perpetrator is someone with whom the victim has been intimately involved, the CDC found after reviewing homicide data from the National Violent Death Reporting System. (7/17/17) 

Violent Crime
 
As New York City’s overall crime rate has dropped significantly, domestic violence incidents have become an increasingly high proportion of violent crime.  
(Gotham Gazette, 9/18/17) 

Domestic violence now accounts for 
one in every five homicides and two in every five reported assaults-citywide. (DV Task Force 2017 Recommendations)

Immigration
 
The New York Times reports that since the presidential election, there has been a sharp downturn in reports of sexual assault and domestic violence among Latinos throughout the country, and many experts attribute the decline to fears of deportation. (4/30/17) 

About one quarter of all Latino children in the United States (25 to 28 percent)have an unauthorized immigrant parent. (National Research Center on Hispanic Children and Families, October 2017)

Maternal Mortality
 
Study finds that  
Black women are 12 times more likely to die in pregnancy than White women in New York City
 . (National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, 3/3/17)

Partner/spousal abuse often gets worse during pregnancy. Almost 1 in 6 pregnant women have been abused by a partner.(From the March of Dimes website)




The links between DV/IPV and all these issues are complex, but the evidence is overwhelming: intimate partner violence cannot be ignored once we realize how it intersects across sectors and issues.

But, we’re all in this together!
 
Working together, across sectors, issue areas, genders, generations, neighborhoods, religions, and approaches, we can recognize, interrupt, prevent, and end intimate partner violence.
 
Together, we can build safe families and peaceful communities. This we believe, this we practice, this we strive for.
 
- Sally and Q
Sally MacNichol and Quentin Walcott
Co-Executive Directors, CONNECT NYC