Last night I attended a training session to begin volunteering with the YWCA domestic violence program. They told us some statistics that were pretty eye-opening for me and I would like to share them with you:
A woman is beaten every 15 seconds in the U.S.
1 out of every 4 women in the U.S. will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. There were 3 survivors in the training session, including me.
Females aged 20-24 are at the greatest risk of non-fatal intimate partner violence.
85% of women murdered in TN are killed by men. That makes TN 3rd in the country; a statistic we most definitely should not be proud of. However, these murders are usually not reported as domestic-violence related. In fact, the media often adds a "romantic" element to these types of stories, calling them love triangles or crimes of passion.
I am really excited that I have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of women affected by this terrible epidemic. If you were touched by these statistics, I encourage you to consider donating your time and/or money to further the mission of the YWCA to empower the women of Davidson County and beyond. Visit their website at www.ywcanashville.com.
- Hey! I'm Charlotte, a thirty-something year old, single mother of two preteens who keep me on my toes! I am also a survivor of domestic abuse and adultery in the context of a marriage. I have spent the past several years rebuilding my life and using my experiences to educate and encourage others. I would love to connect with you on social media - check out the links in the Follow Me section above, and don't forget to subscribe to the blog for the latest updates!