Domestic violence occurs in every culture, country, and age group.
It affects people from all socioeconomic, educational, and religious backgrounds and happens in both same-sex and heterosexual relationships.
(Department of Justice 2010) Fact #8: Girls ages 16-19 are 4 times more likely than the general population to be victims of rape, attempted rape, or sexual assault.
(Department of Justice 2010) Fact #9: Most female victims are raped before the age of 25, and almost half of female victims are under the age of 18.
In addition to intimate partner violence, globally 7% of women report having been sexually assaulted by someone other than a partner, although data for this is more limited.
Intimate partner and sexual violence are mostly perpetrated by men against women. International studies reveal that approximately 20% of women and 5–10% of men report being victims of sexual violence as children.
Even more disturbing is the fact that suicide is the fourth leading cause of death for children between the ages of 10 and 14.
Teen suicide is a very real issue today in the United States.
The Centers for Disease control report that it is the third leading cause of death, behind accidents and homicide, of people aged 15 to 24.It includes rape, defined as the physically forced or otherwise coerced penetration of the vulva or anus with a penis, other body part or object." Population-level surveys based on reports from victims provide the most accurate estimates of the prevalence of intimate partner violence and sexual violence in non-conflict settings.The "WHO Multi-country study on women’s health and domestic violence against women" (2005) in 10 mainly low- and middle-income countries found that, among women aged 15-49: A 2013 analysis conduct by WHO with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the Medical Research Council, based on existing data from over 80 countries, found that worldwide, almost one third (30%) of all women who have been in a relationship have experienced physical and/or sexual violence by their intimate partner.The United Nations defines violence against women as "any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or mental harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life."Intimate partner violence refers to behaviour by an intimate partner or ex-partner that causes physical, sexual or psychological harm, including physical aggression, sexual coercion, psychological abuse and controlling behaviours.Sexual violence is "any sexual act, attempt to obtain a sexual act, or other act directed against a person’s sexuality using coercion, by any person regardless of their relationship to the victim, in any setting.It is important to recognize the fact that the suicide rate amongst teenagers is on the rise.