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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

"IT'S MY FAULT"

 "I MADE HIM DO IT"

"IF ONLY I WAS MORE ...." 

"HE DIDN'T MEAN IT"

"HE PROMISES THAT IT WILL NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN"

"I WAS ASKING FOR IT"

Sound Familiar? If so, you may be one of millions of abused victims who blame themselves for a problem that has been becoming alarmingly more prevalent in today's society, Domestic Abuse & Violence. How prevalent is Domestic Violence? Here are just a few facts provided by the Nation Woman Abuse Prevention Project.

  • APPROX. 95% OF THE VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE  ARE WOMEN.

     
  • IN THE U.S. A WOMEN IS MORE LIKELY TO BE ASSAULTED, INJURED, RAPED OR KILLED BY A MALE PARTNER THAN ANY OTHER TYPE OF ASSAILANT.

     
  • 3 TO 4 MILLION AMERICAN WOMEN ARE BATTERED EACH YEAR BY THEIR HUSBANDS OR PARTNERS.

     
  • WIFE-BEATING RESULTS IN MORE INJURIES THAT REQUIRE MEDICAL TREATMENT THAN RAPE, AUTO ACCIDENTS, AND MUGGINGS COMBINED.

     
  • EACH YEAR MORE THAN ONE MILLION WOMEN SEEK MEDICAL ASSISTANCE FOR INJURIES CAUSED BY BATTERING.

     
  • THE F.B.I. REPORTS THAT 30% OF FEMALE HOMICIDE VICTIMS ARE KILLED BY THEIR HUSBANDS OR BOYFRIENDS. 6% OF MALE HOMICIDE VICTIMS ARE KILLED BY THEIR WIVES OR GIRLFRIENDS.

     
  • AN IN DEPTH STUDY OF ALL ONE-ON-ONE MURDERS AND NON-NEGLIGENT MANSLAUGHTER CASES FROM 1980-84 FOUND THAT MORE THAN ONE- HALF (52%) OF FEMALE VICTIMS WERE KILLED BY MALE PARTNERS.

     
  • ABUSED WOMEN COMPRISE APPROX. 20% OF WOMEN PRESENTING WITH INJURY TO HOSPITAL EMERGENCY SERVICES.

     
  • VIOLENCE WILL OCCUR AT LEAST ONCE IN TWO-THIRDS OF ALL MARRIAGES.

     
  • DOMESTIC VIOLENCE OCCURS AMONG ALL RACES AND SOCIOECONOMIC GROUPS.
           

    Are you a victim? Do you need to talk to someone? Do you know of someone who could be at risk? The Habersham County Sheriff's Office stands ready to assist.       

    PLEASE stop the circle of violence. If you have children and they are living in an abusive home setting, chances are they will also be victims of abuse, they themselves will become victims of spousal abuse when married or learn to become abusers themselves !!!

           

    Remember, " No one "deserves" to be abused "  

    Domestic violence intervention remains one of the highest priorities for Sheriff Joey Terrell and the Habersham County Sheriff’s Office. Domestic Violence is considered a serious crime.

    Domestic Violence is considered a serious crime. Domestic violence is the most committed, but least reported crime in our society. It is estimated that only fifty percent (50%) of the offenses are reported and, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation Uniform Crime Reports, a woman is battered every fifteen (15) seconds. Numerous studies have shown that domestic violence is affecting our community in many other ways as indicated by the following statistics:

    • Fifty percent (50%) of homeless women are fleeing an abusive relationship.
    • Children of domestic violence are four (4) times more likely to be arrested and six (6) times more likely to commit suicide.
    • Sixty-three percent (63%) of children in jail for murder are there for killing an abusive parent.
    • Eight-five percent (85%) of batterers learned domestic violence behavior at home as the result of growing up in a violent household.
    • Eighty percent (80%) of men who batter their wives also batter their children either physically or sexually.

    Domestic violence is not only a crime against a person; it is a crime against a family and against our community.

    Domestic Violence Programs

    Verizon Wireless Offers Direct Connection To National Domestic Violence Hotline Through The #Hope Initiative (#4673)

    #HOPE is a service available across Verizon Wireless’ nationwide wireless network through the company’s HopeLine® phone recycling program. Customers simply dial the keys (#4673) plus the send key to be directly connected to the National Domestic Violence Hotline where they can receive the help they need through empowerment-based crisis intervention, information and resources. Since 1996, the Hotline has answered 1.5 million calls and responds to 17,000 calls on average each month.  More than a simple toll free number, the Hotline is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and can provide its services in more than 140 languages at 1-800-799-SAFE or on the web at www.ndvh.org.


    Help is available to callers 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Hotline advocates are available for victims and anyone calling on their behalf to provide crisis intervention, safety planning, information and referrals to agencies in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Assistance is available in English and Spanish with access to more than 170 languages through interpreter services. If you or someone you know is frightened about something in your relationship, please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or TTY 1-800-787-3224.

    The ADT AWARE® Program: Protection for Abused Women

    Through the ADT AWARE® program, ADT Security Services, Inc. donates and installs electronic security systems which include hold-up alarm pendants and 24-hour a day monitoring in the homes of victims at the highest level of risk for lethal attack in domestic violence situations.

    Victims are selected to participate in the program through a very coordinated process between local law enforcement, prosecutor's offices and battered women's shelters. After these groups have set criteria, and identified people in need of the pendants, they notify ADT that an installation is to be done.

    https://www.adt.com/about_adt/adt_in_our_communities/aware

     

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    Habersham County Sheriff's Office
    1000 Detention Drive Clarkesville, Ga. 30523
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