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BULLYING

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.

dating violence

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.

ELDER ABUSE

Elder 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.

lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender dating violence

Abusive 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.

male intimate partner violence

sibling ABUSE

Sibling abuse includes physical, emotional, or sexual abuse towards another sibling, which affects young boys and girls across the world. Because sibling abuse is overlooked as play fighting, parents oftentimes miss the signs of sibling abuse that affect children.


 

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BULLYING

bullyingAccording 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 evensuicide from victims. Despite intervention from bystanders, bullying is still an ongoing concern both in schools and workplaces.

For more information on bullying, visit the resources listed below:

Domestic violence

domestic violence
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:

elder abuse

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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:

lgbt abuse

lgbtAbusive 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

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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.

If you or someone you know has been physically or sexually assaulted by a sibling, please call the National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-422-4453, or visit the resources below:
University of Michigan: Sibling Abuse
Sibling Abuse Help Guide
Sibling Abuse: The Unspoken Threat

Information On Domestic Violence

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what is DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

According to the Department of Justice, domestic violence is "a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another intimate partner. Domestic violence can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person. This includes any behaviors that intimidate, manipulate, humiliate, isolate, frighten, terrorize, coerce, threaten, blame, hurt, injure, or wound someone" (http://www.justice.gov/ovw/domestic-violence).

facts about domestic violence

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence:

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.

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