General Brochure - English (PDF download) (Purchase)
Learn who SAFE is, what we do, and how to help. SAFE was selected as one of only 50 promising strategy programs in the nation to prevent domestic violence by the National Crime Prevention Council.
| Male Intimate Partner Violence Brochure - English (PDF download) (Purchase)
A study by the Center for Disease Control and Department of Justice found that in 2010, more men than women were victims of intimate partner violence. Violence against men is often overlooked and disregarded, but it does not have to be. Spread awareness about the prevalence of male violence in relationships, and learn its signs and ways of prevention.
| Sibling Abuse Brochure - English (PDF download) Spanish (PDF download) (Purchase)
Rarely reported, sibling abuse is the most common form of domestic abuse. Experts estimate 3 in every 100 children are dangerously violent towards a sibling. Learn the different types of sexual abuse, their signs, and ways you can help.
| Victims of Bullying Brochure - English (PDF download) (Purchase)
Over 77% of children have been bullied, resulting in about 160,000 absences from school per day. 85% of the time bullying occurs, people remain silent-- but, more than half the time, when bystanders intervene, bullying stops within 10 seconds. Bullying is not exclusive to children, however. It is a common occurrence across all ages, races, and genders that needs to be ended. Learn how today.
| Elderly Abuse Brochure - English (PDF download) (Purchase)
Hundreds of thousands of older adults are abused, exploited, and neglected each year. Often, the suffering is silent. Elder abuse ranges from physical, mental, emotional, and financial, among others. Know the warning signs, how to get help, and ways you can prevent this.
| LGBT Intimate Partner Violence Brochure - English (PDF download) (Purchase)
LGBT victims are more reluctant to report abuse to legal authorities. The stigma around LGBT relationships, as well as the fear of being “outed,” prevents many victims from speaking out. If you or someone you know is a victim of LGBT violence, learn the many ways you can spot the signs and what you can do.
| Dating Violence Brochure - English (PDF download) Spanish (PDF download) (Purchase)
1 in every 4 women and 1 in every 5 men have experienced physical violence in an intimate relationship. Dating violence is a common occurrence that people remain silent about. 1 in 3 adolescents in the U.S. is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner, yet 82% of parents believe dating violence is not an issue. Stand up and speak out against the dangers of dating violence.
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Bullying, used by aggressors as a form of intimidation towards individuals, is prevalent throughout different environments across the world—schools, workplaces, and social media. Although bullying can consist of physical contact, words, or even subtle actions, it affects individuals throughout the world.
- 70% of middle and high school students have experienced bullying at some point (http://www.apa.org/education/k12/bullying.aspx).
- 1 in every 4 students reports being bullied during the school year, while only 36% of students report the bullying (http://www.pacer.org/bullying/resources/stats.asp).
- The reasons for being bullied reported most often by students were looks (55%), body shape (37%), and race (16%) (http://www.pacer.org/bullying/resources/stats.asp).
- Students that experience bullying are at an increased risk for poor school adjustment, sleep difficulties, anxiety, and depression (http://www.pacer.org/bullying/resources/stats.asp).
- Students with developmental disabilities are two to three times more likely to be bullied than their nondisabled peers (http://www.pacer.org/bullying/resources/stats.asp).
Dating violence is defined as the physical, sexual, psychological, or emotional violence within a dating relationship. Dating violence can lead to symptoms of depression and anxiety, drug and alcohol abuse, involvement in antisocial behaviors, and thoughts of suicide.
- Approximately 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men have experienced severe physical violence by an intimate partner (https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/nisvs_report2010-a.pdf).
- Approximately 1.3 million women and 835,000 men are physically assaulted by an intimate partner annually in the United States (http://www.nij.gov/topics/crime/intimate-partner-violence/Pages/extent.aspx).
- Sexual assault or forced sex occurs in approximately 40-45% of battering relationships (http://www.nij.gov/topics/crime/intimate-partner-violence/Pages/extent.aspx).
- 1 in 5 female high school students reports being physically and/or sexually abused by a dating partner (http://www.apa.org/topics/violence/partner.aspx).
ELDER ABUSEElder abuse refers to any knowing, intentional, or negligent act by a caregiver or any other person that causes harm or serious risk of harm to a vulnerable adult. It includes the use of physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, neglect, exploitation, and abandonment.
- It is believe that nearly 4-6% of elders are abused annually (http://www.preventelderabuse.org/elderabuse/).
- It is estimated that more than 1 in every 10 older adults experience abuse in some form (https://www.dosomething.org/facts/11-facts-about-elder-abuse).
- Experts believe that for every case of abuse or neglect that is reported to authorities, 23 cases go undetected (http://www.apa.org/pi/aging/resources/guides/elder-abuse.aspx).
lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender dating violenceAbusive partners in LGBTQ relationships use all the same tactics to gain power and control as abusive partners in heterosexual relationships--physical, sexual or emotional abuse, financial control, isolation and more.
- According to a study conducted by the Urban Institute, 42.8% of LGBT youth reported experiencing dating violence whereas 29% of heterosexual youth reported the same (http://www.hrc.org/resources/teen-dating-violence-among-lgbtq-youth).
- One study found that 26.9% of gay men had experienced intimate partner violence in their lifetimes and 12.1% had experienced intimate partner violence in the past year (http://williamsinstitute.law.ucla.edu/wp-content/uploads/Intimate-Partner-Violence-and-Sexual-Abuse-among-LGBT-People.pdf).
male intimate partner violence
- According to a 2010 national survey by the Centers for Disease Control and U.S. Department of Justice, in the last 12 months, more men were victims of intimate partner physical violence than women and over 40% of severe physical violence was directed at men. Men were also the victims of psychological aggression and control over sexual or reproductive health more often than women (https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/nisvs_report2010-a.pdf).
- According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, nearly 1 in every 10 men in the United States have experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner (http://ncadv.org/files/Male%20Victims%20of%20Intimate%20Partner%20Violence.pdf).
- 48.8% of men have experienced at least one psychologically aggressive behavior by an intimate partner in their lifetime (http://ncadv.org/files/Male%20Victims%20of%20Intimate%20Partner%20Violence.pdf).
- 1 in 20 male murder victims are killed by intimate partners (http://ncadv.org/files/Male%20Victims%20of%20Intimate%20Partner%20Violence.pdf).
- According to experts, 3 in every 100 children are dangerously violent towards their brother or sister (http://www.med.umich.edu/yourchild/topics/sibabuse.htm).
- A study found that about 35 in every 100 children are dangerously assualted every year. Experts believe that sibling incest is more prevalent than parent-child incest (http://www.med.umich.edu/yourchild/topics/sibabuse.htm).
- 53% of children have committed at least one act of severe aggression towards their siblings (https://nobullying.com/sibling-abuse/).
- It is estimated that 3 in 100 children are dangerously violent to their siblings (https://nobullying.com/sibling-abuse/).
What is Elder Abuse?
National Council on Aging
National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse
If you or someone you know has been physically or sexually assaulted, please call or visit the LGBT-friendly resources listed below:
Human Rights Campaign
National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-4673
The Anti-Violence Project Hotline: 1-212-714-1124
Gay Men’s Domestic Violence Project Hotline: 1-800-832-1901
what is DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
facts about domestic violence
- There are more than 20,000 phone calls placed to domestic violence hotlines nationwide (http://ncadv.org/learn-more/statistics).
- Intimate partner violence accounts for 15% of all violent crimes (http://ncadv.org/learn-more/statistics).
- Domestic victimization is correlated with a higher rate of depression and suicidal behavior (http://ncadv.org/learn-more/statistics).
- 1 in every 15 children are exposed to intimate partner violence each year (http://ncadv.org/learn-more/statistics).
- 10 million Americans are annually victims of physical violence (https://ncadv.org/files/Domestic%20Violence%20and%20Physical%20Abuse%20NCADV.pdf).
- According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been victims of some form of physical violence by an intimate partner (http://ncadv.org/learn-more/statistics).
domestic violence debate
Through discriminatory practices, underserved victims of abuse are denied services that are capable of helping them in domestic violent situations. Many advocates against domestic violence believe that women are the only group affected by domestic violence, which is why many studies focus on males as perpetrators alone. Therefore, their theory is that men abuse women to maintain patriarchal power in relationships, therefore focusing on anything other than heterosexual women as perpetrators. To their surprise, both men and women are affected by domestic violence—this includes gay men, lesbian women, and transgender men/women.
Stop Abuse For Everyone aims to ensure that every victim of domestic violence has access to services that can help them in their situations. For example, gay men and lesbian women experience discrimination when seeking help from other shelters. SAFE believes that we should never underestimate the importance of violence against women and we should look at the big picture of violence in relationships.
Inevitably, both groups clash over statistics. Abused women’s advocates believe that women are injured at much higher rates and criticize the ways that studies have been conducted. Unfortunately, statistics are inaccurate due to the many people that do not come forward to authorities. Therefore, they are left out in the numbers and statistics that pertain to domestic violence amongst men and women.
SAFE’s mission is to look into the severity of the circumstances that victims are in rather than the victims themselves. SAFE believes that the same criteria should be used to evaluate all victims/survivors of domestic violence. Why does that matter to you if you’re looking for help? Help is hard to come by if you’re not a “traditional victim” of domestic violence. Fortunately, SAFE is here to help.
More information on domestic violence:
Essays on Domestic Violence - contains essays on a variety of topics, including stalking, abused men, sibling violence, and more.
Books on Domestic Violence - books on abused men, same-sex violence, and more.
Websites on Domestic Violence - sites that deal with abused women, abused men, and same-sex victims.
Research on Domestic Violence - research on abused women, abused men, same-sex victims, teen dating violence, and all forms of domestic violence.
Domestic Violence Resources - fliers, brochures, and other materials on domestic violence.