According to a study in 2011 by the National Center for Education Statistics and Bureau of Justice Statistics, 20% of U.S. students between grades 9-12 have experienced bullying. Bullying was identified by the Center for Disease Control and Department of Education as a perceived power imbalance through repeated unwanted aggressive behavior from an individual or individuals. Both indirectly and directly, perpetrators use physical, verbal, and relational abuse to harm individuals, resulting in depression, anxiety, isolation, and even suicide from victims. Despite intervention from bystanders, bullying is still an ongoing concern both in schools and workplaces.
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Domestic violence, also known as intimate partner violence, affects both males and females in intimate relationships. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, domestic violence includes rape, sexual assault, robbery, and aggravated assault committed by intimate partners, immediate family members, or other relatives. A study found that approximately 1 in 4 (28.3%) women and 1 in 5 (21.6%) men have experienced physical violence in an intimate relationship. With domestic violence accounting for 21% of all violent crimes, studies have found that domestic violence was more commonly committed against females (76%) compared to males (24%).
If you or someone you know has been physically or sexually assaulted by their partner or spouse, please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1−800−799−7233 (SAFE) or 1−800−787−3224 (TTY), or visit the resources below:
According to the National Council on Aging, elderly abuse is identified as physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, exploitation, neglect, and abandonment by perpetrators ranging from family members to “trusted others.” Characterized as individuals above the age of 65, victims of elder abuse are more likely to experience abuse by a family member than any other individual. A study of 4,156 older adults found that “family members were the most common perpetrators of financial exploitation,” with friends and neighbors coming next, being followed by home care aides.
If you or an elder you know has been physically or sexually assaulted, please visit the resources below:
Abusive partners in LGBT relationships use physical, sexual, and emotional abuse, in addition to financial control and isolation to control their partners. By maintaining power, abusers use threats and justification as tactics to continue the abuse. Some other tactics include intimidation, blame, privilege, and economic abuse in order to feel dominant and powerful in the relationship. According to the Human Rights Campaign, 40 percent of gay men experience sexual violence while only 21 percent of heterosexual men experience it.
If you or someone you know has been physically or sexually assaulted, please call or visit the LGBT-friendly resources listed below:
Sibling abuse was identified by the University of Michigan as the physical, emotional, or sexual abuse by one sibling towards another. Abuse between siblings ranges from pushing and shoving to using weapons for violent behavior. Rather than recognizing the behavior as abuse, parents will ignore the aggression that persists between siblings. Without seeing the behavior as physical abuse, much of the violence from siblings remains ignored. According to a study conducted in 2005, about 35 per 100 children have been abused by a sibling. In addition, sibling abuse is said to be more common than parent-child incest.