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November 22, 2004


Domestic violence makes me feel so sick... to think that someone could be so violated by someone he/she trusts and cares about. I've been volunteering at Food Lifeline all year up in Shoreline and it kills me to see, on a daily basis, women on the bus I catch with huge black eyes and bruises on their arms. I've come in contact with several clients after food bank referrals that admit they are victims of abuse -- poverty, alcoholism and DV can be so intertwined that it becomes a vicious circle that's so hard to break out of.

Thank you for your insightful information.

I personally was not trying to make it sound like women are the only victims, men are also victims of domestic violence but for many varied reasons fail to report it.

I will be sure to pass your site information on to the Domestic Violence groups that I am in contact with so they can review/update their information.

Every October, in media throughout the country, both old and new, two statements are repeated so often they’ve almost become a mantra for domestic violence:

“95% of the victims of domestic violence are women,” and “every (fifteen, twelve, nine, eight, or six) seconds a woman is battered.”

Often, they take a prominent place in an article or website, and have even been used as a headline or lead. The problem with both of these statements is that they simply have no basis in fact.

Reporters believe them, because they are usually given by a spokesperson for a women’s shelter, or other service in aid of domestic violence victims. The fact that these statements seem to have taken on lives of their own does not make them any more credible. They are untrue, which is misleading to the public, and ultimately misrepresents the real picture of the issue.

These urban legends are debunked here:


and here


In October, the DesertLight Journal launched a campaign to combat these and other distortions in an effort to promote full awareness of the issue of domestic violence. DVA2004 – Media Recon, tracks stories on domestic violence and highlights those with inaccurate information and faulty statistics.

According to Trudy Schuett, Publisher of the DLJ, “There can never be any progress made in the treatment of victims or solving the problem until the issue is objectively recognized. There has been so much advocacy research, and political agenda obscuring the facts, that only a fraction of the victims can be helped by today’s programs. This is not even to mention the waste of taxpayer dollars in misguided services.”

Also on the website are the most-often repeated factual errors, with explanations why they are wrong and links to sources with correct information. In addition, the site provides background on the history of domestic violence programs, and how the problem came to be considered a “women’s issue.”


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