Intimate Partner Violence: the Most Destructive Family Problem in America

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October 23, 2013

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Intimate Partner Violence: the Most Destructive Family Problem in America
By Curtis Vandermolen, Member, Executive Committee, National Parents Organization of California

Curtis Vandermolen
Curtis Vandermolen
When one thinks of the term “domestic violence”, we are usually presented with images of black eyes, threats of death, holes in walls, or flashing lights on police cars.

It is important to know what data is being used to make claims. In some cases, the use of these terms helps to inform about the source of information. I will most often use the term Intimate Partner Violence which includes physical and non-physical abuse. Statistically speaking one out of every four people in America will experience Intimate Partner Violence in their lifetime.

The following information was taken from many sources, including dozens of studies published over the last thirty years, and also from a very large meta-study that was published last year and is available to the public called the Partner Abuse State of Knowledge Project. Read more...

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