Methods that PV perpetrators use to control their partners are:

  • Psychological abuse
  • Physical violence
  • Isolation from friends & family
  • Sexual violence
  • Financial control
  • Interference with ability to work
  • Threats & intimidation
  • Threats to harm children & pets

You cannot guess who might be a victim of partner violence: It could be anyone.

Hundreds of studies make it clear that partner violence occurs in all segments of the population, regardless of educational level, age, occupational or socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, geographic location, or religion.

The following groups are especially at risk for victimization:

  • Women
  • Young (18-24 years old)
  • Pregnant
  • Women with disabilities (40% greater risk than the non-disabled)
  • Teens (1 in 5 girls ages 14 to 18 are physically and/or sexually abused by their partner. 1 in 3 teens who are dating are in an abusive relationship.)

How Employers Can Help

Perpetrators may escalate their abusive or violent behavior when their partner tries to leave, even escalating to murder, in order to try to maintain control over the partner. Victims may stay in abusive relationships for many years, partly because it is very dangerous to leave, but for other compelling reasons as well.

Astute employers will equip themselves with knowledge about how PV affects the workplace and with effective tools to address PV as a workplace and workforce issue.


For more information about partner violence across all aspects of life, go to the Futures Without Violence webpage:

futureswithoutviolence.org

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