I’ve been asked by a certain forum (Equality Central where they make even comps feel welcome 🙂 ) to write a series of articles related to domestic abuse and its relationship to certain wrong teachings of Scripture (patriocentricity/complementarian of the extreme sort). I feel this is a relavent topic for our day and time and, as I have become aware of more and more unbiblical teachings of this sort creeping into our churches, believe it is imperative to make others aware of the dangers. If you are interested in a good discussion on patriocentricity check out True Womanhood and read the Praire Muffin Manifesto discussion. http://truewomanhood.wordpress.com/
I’ve decided to post the series of articles here as well as I write them for those of you who wish to read them. Please feel free to comment, etc. as you feel led. I am very interested in hearing other’s views, experiences, ideas, etc.
The Bible states that all human beings, male and female, are made in the image of God, and have the same dignity and value in God’s sight (Genesis 1:26-27, 5:2-3; Acts 17:25-26; James 3:9). Believers are commanded to respect and honor each other and to be concerned with each other’s welfare (Romans 12:10-16; 15:1-2; Galatians 6:2; Colossians 3:11). Abuse is the antithesis of these statements.
In being asked to develop posts on abuse and abuse related issues as they pertain to a Biblical equality point of view, it occurred to me that many who might be reading this will not be as familiar as I am with the prevalence of abuse. It’s difficult to comprehend just how big a problem it is in our country unless you are faced with the various people from all walks of life which are affected by it. I thought I would post some statistics from the US Department of Justice as it relates to the US. For those of you in other countries, let me know if you’re interested and I’ll research those as well. Let me point out that these statistics only include reported physical abuse and not emotional, verbal, or sexual abuse.
Statistics About Domestic Abuse
In the United States, a woman is more likely to be assaulted, injured, raped, or killed by a male partner than by any other type of assailant.
Every day, 4 women are murdered by boyfriends or husbands.
Prison terms for killing husbands are twice as long as for killing wives.
93% of women who killed their mates had been battered by them. 67% killed them to protect themselves and their children at the moment of murder.
20% of all crime is domestic abuse.
70% of men who batter their partners either sexually or physically abuse their children.
Domestic violence is the number one cause of emergency room visits by women.
73% of the battered women seeking emergency medical services have already separated from the abuser.
Women are most likely to be killed when attempting to leave the abuser. In fact, they’re at a 75% higher risk than those who stay.
The number-one cause of women’s injuries is abuse at home. This abuse happens more often than car accidents, mugging, and rape combined.
Up to 37% of all women experience battering. This is an estimated 566,000 women in Minnesota alone.
Battering often occurs during pregnancy. One study found that 37% of pregnant women, across all class, race, and educational lines, were physically abused during pregnancy.
60% of all battered women are beaten while they are pregnant.
34% of the female homicide victims over age 15 are killed by their husbands, ex-husbands, or boyfriends.
2/3 of all marriages will experience domestic violence at least once.
Weapons are used in 30% of domestic violence incidents.
Approximately 1,155,600 adult American women have been victims of one or more forcible rapes by their husbands.
Over 90% of murder-suicides involving couples are perpetrated by the man. 19-26% of male spouse-murderers committed suicide.
When only spouse abuse was considered, divorced or separated men committed 79% of the assaults and husbands committed 21%.
Abusive husbands and lovers harass 74% of employed battered women at work, either in person or over the telephone, causing 20% to lose their jobs.
Physical violence in dating relationships ranges from 20-35%.
It is estimated that between 20% to 52% of high school and college age dating couples have engaged in physical abuse.
More than 50% of child abductions result from domestic violence.
Injuries that battered women receive are at least as serious as injuries suffered in 90% of violent felony crimes.
In 1991, only 17 states kept data on reported domestic violence offenses. These reports were limited to murder, rape, robbery, and serious bodily injury.
More than half of battered women stay with their batterer because they do not feel that they can support themselves and their children alone.
In homes where domestic violence occurs, children are abused at a rate 1,500% higher than the national average.
Up to 64% of hospitalized female psychiatric patients have histories of being physically abused as adults.
50% of the homeless women and children in the U.S. are fleeing abuse.
The amount spent to shelter animals is three times the amount spent to provide emergency shelter to women from domestic abuse situations.