Domestic Violence 101

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Intimate partner violence, or domestic violence, accounts for 15 percent of all violent crime in the United States. Cristen and Caroline uncover the cycle of domestic violence and manipulation that keeps female and male victims from leaving their partners and the long-term health impacts of this epidemic of abuse.

Episode sources:

"Intimate Partner Violence: Risk and Protective Factors." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dec. 24, 2013.

"National Facts." National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

"The Same-Sex Domestic Violence Epidemic is Silent" by Maya Shwayder. The Atlantic. Nov. 5, 2013.

"This is What Happens When the Public Sees a Woman Abusing a Man" by Candace Lowry. Buzzfeed. May 23, 2014.

"Why Some Women Go Back to Their Abusers" by Elizabeth Landau. CNN. March 4, 2009.

"Domestic Violence and Abuse" by Melinda Smith and Jeanne Segal. October 2014.

"Domestic Violence Prevention: A History of Milestones and Achievements." National Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women. March 2013.

"19 #WhyIStayed Tweets That Everyone Needs to See" by Jared Keller. Sept. 8, 2014.

"Domestic Violence: A Hidden Cause of Chronic Illness" by Alexis Jetter. More. November 2013.

Academic sources:

"Female Perpetration of Violence in Heterosexual Intimate Relationships: Adolescence Through Adulthood" by Jessica Roberts Williams, Reem M. Ghandour and Joan E. Kub. Trauma Violence Abuse. October 2008.

"National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey" by the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. November 2011.

"Portrayal of Women as Intimate Partner Domestic Violence Perpetrators" by Marianne Hester. Violence Against Women. Sept. 20, 2012.

"Defending Victims of Domestic Violence Who Kill Their Batterers: Using the Trial Expert to Change Social Norms" by Mary Helen Wimberly. American Bar Association.


Women don't have to live in fear: --In the US: Call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE). --In the UK: Call Women's Aid at 0808 2000 247. --In Australia: Call 1800RESPECT at 1800 737 732. --Worldwide: Visit the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence's International Organization Resources to learn more.

Male victims aren't alone: --In the US and Canada: Visit The Domestic Abuse Helpline for Men & Women. --In the UK: Visit ManKind Initiative.

Topics in this Podcast: relationships, Domestic violence, intimate partner violence, best of 2014 headlines, sexual assault awareness month