An organization that helps domestic violence victims needs your help to better serve them.
The New Directions Center in Staunton, which provides a safe haven for victims, is looking to expand its facility.
Center officials say a new facility is needed because the currant one is costing too much money to maintain.
"We need donated land to help us construct a new $1 million facility," commented Paula Fields-Englemen, Director of New Directions.
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- While women are less likely than men to be victims of violent crimes overall, women are five to eight times more likely than men to be victimized by an intimate partner.
- Violence by an intimate accounts for about 21 percent of violent crime experienced by women and about two percent of the violence experienced by men.
- In 92 percent of all domestic violence incidents, crimes are committed by men against women.
- Of women who reported being raped and/or physically assaulted since the age of 18, 76 percent were victimized by a current or former husband, cohabitating partner, date or boyfriend.
- Studies show that child abuse occurs in 30-60 percent of family violence cases that involve families with children.
- A child’s exposure to the father abusing the mother is the strongest risk factor for transmitting violent behavior from one generation to the next.
- The U.S. Department of Justice estimates that 1.4 million adults are stalked annually in the United States.
- Family violence costs the nation from $5 to $10 billion annually in medical expenses, police and court costs, shelters and foster care, sick leave, absenteeism, and non-productivity.
Source: www.ndvh.org (National Domestic Violence Hotline Web Site) contributed to this report