By Kacy Mixon, M.S., LMFT
A recent study by the World Health Organization announced that 1 in 3 women are affected by physical or sexual violence across the globe. Although the report revealed that 35% of all women experience some type of intimate partner or non-partner violence, intimate partner violence against women is the most common type affecting 30% worldwide.
What does this mean to Military Family Professionals?Prevalence: Knowing how the global problem of violence against women affects military populations can shine a light onto the needs of those military professionals work with.
- 66% of domestic violence victims in military communities are women.
- The DoD Family Advocacy Program (FAP) received over 18,000 reports of spousal abuse in 2001, with 84% of incidents involving physical abuse.
- In the 2003 Defense Task Force on Domestic Violence report, 6% of domestic violence incidents were classified as severe, 69% as mild, and 25% as moderate.
- Female victims in military families are found to experience more severe physical and emotional abuse than males.
- 30% of female veterans report experiencing intimate partner violence in their lifetime.
This post was written by Kacy Mixon, M.S., LMFT, Social Media Specialist. She is a member of the MFLN Family Development (FD) team which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, You Tube, and on LinkedIn.