Women are most likely to be assaulted by someone they know, including relatives and acquaintances.
Women who grew up in abusive households are more likely to enter abusive relationships as adults. This is one of the most common factors in cases of abuse.
Women who believe in more rigid gender norms are also more likely to suffer abuse, and accept it.
Abuse doesn’t go on in a vacuum. Another factor that contributes to abuse is the apathy of those who could offer help, like neighbors and family. Sometimes people think it isn’t their business, until it’s too late.
It doesn’t have to be this way. If you or someone you know needs help, call 911 and do something about it. You’d want someone to do the same for you.
More info on domestic violence is available here:
The National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline – available 24/7. 866-331-9474 or TDD 866-331-8453
The National Sexual Assault Hotline – available 24/7 in English and Spanish. 800-656-4673