- The January 2009 Homeless Count found 5,750 people living on Dallas streets or in shelters, including 1,139 children. For the second year in a row, women and children made up more half of the homeless population (52%). Domestic abuse/family problems were listed as the reasons for homelessness by 27% of the population.
- According to WomenKind, Inc., 70% of the children of abused women are also physically abused, and 20% are sexually abused. The majority of abusive men were either abused as children or witnessed their mothers being abused.
- The Surgeon General’s Workshop on Violence and Public Health reports that domestic violence is the number one cause of injury to women in the United States—more than rapes, muggings and auto accidents combined.
- According to the FBI, a woman is beaten in this country every 15 seconds.
- Sam Houston University Department of Criminal Justice finds that in one out of every three relationships, some type of domestic violence occurs. Nationally, domestic violence kills over 3,000 women each year.
- Every year domestic violence results in almost 100,000 days of hospitalization, almost 30,000 emergency room visits and almost 40,000 visits to a physician according to WomenKind, Inc.
- The National Institute of Justice reports that domestic violence accounts for 15% of the total number of all crimes reported.
- The American Medical Association reports that family violence costs the nation from $5 to $10 billion annually in medical expenses, police and court costs, shelter and foster care, sick leave and absenteeism
Both Women and Men are victims of family violence!
Physical violence bears very specific indicators: the perpetrator uses physical force to subdue or control the victim. If you or someone you love is a victim of physical violence, it is imperative that you remove yourself from the environment and seek help to recover emotionally from the damage caused by living in an abusive situation.
Emotional violence is much more difficult to recognize. Many victims live in an environment of emotional violence for years before they even realize how unhealthy the situation has become! Women are as likely as men to be the abuser in an emotionally violent home! The tactics used may vary for male and female perpetrators, but the effects of abuse are the same Please see the links below for symptoms that you may be living in an emotionally abusive environment. It is vital to be aware of the symptoms of emotional abuse. Just like physical abuse, emotional violence is toxic to the entire family! If you believe you are living in an emotionally abusive environment, seek help today!
If you or someone you love is a victim of Family violence, call for help! All callers may remain anonymous!
The National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1.800.799.SAFE (7233) 1.800.787.3224 (TTY) Anonymous & Confidential Help 24/7
Dallas Brain Changers
Dallas Brain Changers offers an integrated approach to healing from many issues, including being a victim of violence and/or abuse. When a person suffers from violence or abuse, whether directly or as a witness, it can cause physiological changes to occur in the brain. These changes to the brain waves can result in behavioral issues, anxiety, and/or depression, anger, and a host of other related issues. Through neurofeedback, we work to rebalance the brain waves; in counseling, we address the thoughts and behaviors associated with the violence and/or abuse, and we develop healthier patterns of thought and behavior as we move through the healing process.