Need-to-Know Basics for National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

It’s that time of year again, when the leaves begin to change and the air is crisp with the scent of autumn.  It’s also the one month of the year when we pay a little more attention to those suffering in, are impacted by or have lost their lives to domestic violence.

We often hear the term ‘domestic violence’ but may not consider what it truly means nor what it looks like in everyday life.   Think of domestic violence as the umbrella that covers several categories of violence or abuse between those connected by relation, intimacy or domicile.

Terms to Know

Intimate Partner Violence – involves two people that have been in or are currently in a sexual relationship, and or have a child in common

Elder Abuse – involves an elderly person being abused, neglected or taken advantage of by family members. Elder abuse often involves a parent being abused by an adult child or grandchild. 

Child Abuse – involves an infant, child, adolescent being abused, neglected or taken advantage of by family members

Roommate Abuse – involves two individuals not related by blood or relation, nor intimate status but reside within the same home

Stats to Know

  • 1 in 4 women and 1 in 9 men experience intimate partner violence in their lifetime. *NCADV


  • 85% of domestic violence victims are women. *Bureau of Justice Statistics Crime Data Brief


  • The most common age when intimate partner violence is first experienced by women is age 18-24 (38.6%). *Center for Disease Control


  • In 70-80% of intimate partner homicides, no matter which partner was killed, the man physically abused the woman before the murder *US Dept of Justice

Info to Know

Located local assistance by calling 1-800-799-SAFE

Ce Anderson, M.S., A.L.C (@ceandersonlive) is a licensed therapist, speaker and domestic violence expert living in the southern U.S. She is the author of the new book Love TAPS: Red Flags of An Abuser & How to Get Out. Visit her website at