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Distribution of Domestic Violence

Does Domestic Violence occur most frequently in certain socio-economic groups, or is it evenly distributed across the spectrum of wealth, education, etc…?

Heidi Ann Lepp’s Answer:

Domestic violence does not recognize boundaries. It transcends socioeconomic status, affecting all levels of income, education and occupation. Domestic violence happens regardless of race, age, sexual orientation, religion or gender. Women are more likely to suffer domestic abuse. Men are not excluded as victims but they are less likely to be physically hurt and less likely to report incidents when they happen. Domestic violence occurs in both opposite sex and same sex relationships with significant percentages of LGBT couples facing these same issues. The economic effects of domestic violence are also wide-ranging. Efforts to escape domestic violence causes homelessness for women and families. The physical abuse causes missed work days, reduced productivity and increased health and safety costs. In other words, there is a cyclical relationship between money and domestic violence. Economic stress and hardship may increase the risk of domestic violence; and domestic violence may also cause financial problems for domestic violence survivors and entrap them in poverty and an abusive relationship.

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