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Understanding and Responding to Intimate Partner Violence Psych 107
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Goals for Today Incidence, context, & facts Why do abusers commit? Why do victims stay? Power & control & the battering cycle Working with batterers Working with victims Helpful phrases
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U.S. Incidence of Intimate Partner Violence Each year, 4.8 million physical and sexual assaults committed against women by intimate partners 2.9 million intimate partner physical assaults are committed against men 1 out of 5 women report being physically or sexually assaulted by a husband or boyfriend 20-30% lifetime risk of IPV for women In 2004 1,544 deaths from IPV, 75% female IPV in 1/3 of heterosexual and gay relationships 95% reported spousal assaults committed by men 85% reported spousal assaults are against women 80% rapists known to victim-1/7 married women
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Social Context of IPV Cost of IPV estimated more than $8.3 billion Higher rates in rural, and in violent neighborhoods 1/3-2/3 welfare clients, 1/3-1/2 homeless women Longitudinal: leaving shelters 83% on public aid
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