What is Domestic Violence?
Domestic violence is a pattern of abusive and controlling behavior that involves violence or threats of physical violence, and is intended to maintain power and control over a former or current intimate partner or family member. Family members include spouses, those in a dating relationship, adults related by blood or marriage, and those with a biological or legal parent-child relationship
Abuse can also be emotional, psychological, financial, verbal and sexual. Most often, domestic violence includes a combination of these forms of abuse.
Who is affected?
Relationship abuse occurs across society regardless of age, gender, race, sexuality, wealth and geography. Domestic violence happens in Westford homes and families just as it does in other towns and localities in Massachusetts and across other communities in the U.S.. Recognizing the problem is critical to moving towards a healthier, more stable, peaceful living situation.
Relationship Abuse Statistics
The Westford Police Department responds to approximately 11 domestic violence incidents a month. Of those 11 calls, approximately 3 arrests are made monthly. You are not alone.
Across this country 25% of women, that is 1 in 4, are a victim of domestic violence at some point in their lifetime. Men can also be victims of domestic violence..
In the United States, between 1 and 3 million children are living in homes where there is domestic violence. According to Reach Beyond Domestic Violence, “more than a third of children in a violent home are aware of the abuse. That figure increases to 50% if the violence is repeated. Children may attempt to stop the violence and so put themselves at risk…”