Domestic Violence Warning Signs

From TV station WPRI in PROVIDENCE, R.I. comes this Domestic Violence Warning Sign. Statistics show that over one out of every 10 domestic violence assaults is a homicide. Doctors who are on the front lines are exposing those red flags that can signal a victim as at risk of being killed.

“According to a study from the National Institute of Justice, intimate partner homicides make up 50 percent of all murders of women in the United States, and in 70 to 80 percent of domestic violence murders – the man physically abused the woman before the murder.”

  1. Is anyone threatening or hurting you?
  2. Is anyone hitting, kicking, choking or hurting you physically?
  3. Is anyone forcing you to do something sexually you don’t want to do?

There is also a checklist to help identify women who may be at risk of being killed.
Researchers at Johns Hopkins University tell us that certain types of injuries or actions are a red flag.

Here are some of the warning signs:

  • A victim is threatened with a weapon.
  • A partner verbally threatens to kill her.
  • A victim is forced to have sex with her partner.

The most deadly physical clue – signs of choking or strangulation.

In a relationship where a woman has been strangled once it is ten times more likely to end in a homicide. Biting and scratching, kicking and other aggressive behaviors could likely be precursors to a deadly end.

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