Domestic Abuse Warning Signs

By: Natalie Shepherd
By: Natalie Shepherd

Three separate incidents left three women hospitalized this weekend. Police say all were assaulted by boyfriends or former boyfriends.

In Jackson, 39-year-old Julie Varney was shot several times. Police found her boyfriend Roy Moten dead in her apartment. Varney is in stable condition at Foote Hospital. In Lansing, Police say a man doused his girlfriend in rubbing alcohol, lighting her and himself on fire. Both are still hospitalized. Police say a third woman was shot in the face and tossed in the Grand River after a date. She was able to crawl out and call police, but is in a medically induced coma.

Capitol Area Response Effort, the city of Lansing's domestic abuse response team, says police respond to thousands of domestic abuse calls each year. But it is still one of the most under reported crimes. C.A.R.E. coordinators say there are signs to look for, and family and friends often see these signs before the victim.

Watch for threatening behavior, or violence. Jealousy, controlling behavior and people who blame others for their problems and feelings are also signs. C.A.R.E. says anyone who feels unsafe should call an emergency hotline immediately. There are shelters in Lansing, and surrounding communities.

C.A.R.E.'s crisis hotline can be reached at (517) 372-5572.

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Fast Facts About National Domestic Violence

  • In 92-percent of all domestic violence incidents, crimes are committed by men against women.

  • Forty percent of teen-age girls age 14 to 17 report knowing someone their age who has been hit or beaten by a boyfriend.

  • The U.S. Department of Justice estimates that 1.4 million adults are stalked annually in the United States.

  • Family violence costs the nation from $5 to $10 billion annually in medical expenses, police and court costs, shelters and foster care, sick leave, absenteeism, and non-productivity.

  • Husbands and boyfriends commit 13,000 acts of violence against women in the workplace every year.

  • The majority of welfare recipients have experienced domestic abuse in their adult lives and a high percentage are currently abused.

  • 31,260 women were murdered by an intimate from 1976-1996.

  • In 1996, among all female murder victims in the U.S., 30 percent were slain by their husbands or boyfriends.

  • While women are less likely than men to be victims of violent crimes overall, women are five to eight times more likely than men to be victimized by an intimate partner.

Source: http://www.ndvh.org/ndvh2.html ( National Domestic Violence Hotline Web Site)


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