The Uncomfortable Truth About Domestic Violence

IN A TYPICAL YEAR, 243 million women and girls worldwide experience intimate partner violence. The staggering effects of these occurrences touch every part of our society, and, sadly, the full scope of domestic violence incidents cannot be known with certainty, given that nearly half of them go unreported. Victims stay silent because of social pressure — fearing that they won’t be believed or feeling pressure to stay in the abusive relationship. Furthermore, women and girls who experience intimate partner violence are at greater risk of mental health issues, unplanned pregnancies, and sexually transmitted diseases compared to those who do not experience violence. For victims in these all-too-common situations, help and hope can seem hard to find. 

The scope of intimate partner violence during the pandemic 

During the COVID-19 pandemic, calls to helplines increased as much as five times, according to research from UN Women. Since 2020, due to stay-at-home orders and other pandemic stressors, reports of domestic violence have increased, and for those marginalized by race, sexual orientation, and disabilities, rates of abuse have increased by 50%. The reasons for the increase include:  

How to help victims today 

With so many women and girls experiencing intimate violence, it is possible you know or will encounter someone who needs help. Here’s what you can do: 

Another way to help is to know about and support local organizations by raising awareness, donating, or volunteering. Fewer than 1 in 10 violent crime victims seek assistance making victim information, education, and notification critical. VINE offers a service provider directory that can help victims find local help. Millions of victims/survivors and concerned citizens have access to timely and reliable information about offenders or criminal cases through VINE. 

For more information about domestic violence and how you can help, check out this infographic from Appriss Insights ('Insights'), an Equifax company. These painful facts are a reality for many people. They need to be known because women and girls continue to be at risk, and as long as we keep talking about these issues and learning what we can do to help, there is hope.  

Insights delivers solutions that reduce risk and help keep workplaces and communities safe. As the nation’s most comprehensive, trusted source of risk and criminal justice intelligence, we provide breakthrough data and analytics solutions that help government agencies and commercial enterprises improve community safety and reduce people-based risk. Insights operates VINE, which is the most advanced, widely used system for crime victim and survivor notification and is relied upon by millions of citizens throughout the country. Insights is a part of Equifax, which plays a critical role in strengthening communities and helping people all over the world live their financial best.

Kenosha Tannahill

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Kenosha Tannahill

Kenosha Tannahill is the Communications Specialist at Appriss Insights, providing marketing content to help Appriss tell its story of "Knowledge for good." Before joining Appriss, she worked as a technical writer/editor. She and her husband, along with their four children, live in Pontiac, IL.

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