November 28 Domestic Violence and Stalking

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Domestic Violence and Stalking Lisa Smith, MS, DVS Coordinator, Domestic Violence Services Department of Sexual Assault Services and Crime Victim Assistance Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (732) 932-1181 [email protected]
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Incidence for University Students An average of 28% of high school and college students experience dating violence Brustin, S., Legal Response to Teen Dating Violence, Family Law Quarterly, vol. 29, no. 2, 331 (Summer 1995) (citing Levy, In Love & In Danger: a teen's guide to breaking free of an abusive relationship, 1993). Highest rate of intimate partner violence is among women ages 16-24 Intimate Partner Violence and Age of Victim 1993-1999 Bureau of Justice Statistics Special Report US DOJ, OJP,October 2001 Survey revealed alcohol involved in 64% of physically violent incidents involving students Presley et al, Alcohol and Drugs on American College Campuses:Issues of Violence. A report to College Presidents
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General Population Statistics 4 million American women experience a serious assault by an intimate partner during an average 12-month period Nearly 1 in 3 adult women experience at least one physical assault by a partner during adulthood American Psychl. Ass'n, Violence and the Family: Report of the American Psychological Association Presidential Task Force on Violence and the Family (1996), p. 10. Domestic Violence is statistically consistent across racial and ethnic boundaries Bureau of Justice Statistics Special Report: Violence Against Women: Estimates from the Redesigned Survey (NCJ- 154348), August 1995, p. 3.
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Statistics cont. 90 - 95% of domestic violence victims are women Bureau of Justice Statistics Selected Findings: Violence Between Intimates (NCJ- 149259), November 1994. Domestic violence occurs within same-sex relationships with the same statistical frequency as in heterosexual relationships DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence
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Some History… Circa 2500 BC: The Babylonian Empire The law decreed that a woman who was verbally abusive to her husband was to have her name engraved on a brick that would then be used to bash her teeth out. Compiled by Mary Metzger in “What Did You Do To Provoke Him?”
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The Roman term "Patria Potestas," meaning "father's authority," reflected a Father’s position as absolute ruler over the household. Confarreatio, the Roman marriage ceremony, passed ownership of the woman formally from father to husband , and directed wives to live so as to please their husbands only. While divorce, at least in early Rome, was illegal, the Romans did justify the husband's right to kill his wife for the following reasons: adultery, drinking wine, or any other "disgusting behavior." Compiled by Mary Metzger in “What Did You Do To Provoke Him?”
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One of the most infamous parts of the history is the rule of thumb law: 753 B.C .
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