Domestic violence a ‘horror no one should have to live with’

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. During a single year, this equates to more than 10 million women and men.

The coalition states that “1 in 4 women and 1 in 9 men experience severe intimate partner physical violence, intimate partner contact sexual violence, and/or intimate partner stalking with impacts such as injury, fearfulness, post-traumatic stress disorder, use of victim services, contraction of sexually transmitted diseases, etc.”

These are frightening numbers, and depressing to consider. As a result of this breakdown in civility, one in 15 children is exposed to intimate partner violence each year, and 90% of those children are eyewitnesses to this violence.

October is National Domestic Violence Month, a time to be reminded that we have unfinished business in our nation and our community. The financial costs due to lost work days is in the billions, and the psychological costs are incalculable. Despite our best intentions, the problem of domestic violence is not going away. Read the article: https://www.duluthnewstribune.com/opinion/columns/4703426-Local-View-Column-Domestic-violence-a-horror-no-one-should-have-to-live-with

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