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After The Storms, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to helping victims of Domestic Violence rebuild their lives by restoring hope through support and advocacy after their storm.

AFTER THE STORMS, INC.         

Using your donations to help change the lives of Domestic Violence Survivors

Domestic Violence is an act of abuse within an intimate partner relationship. The abuse is most commonly; physical, sexual, emotional, economical and psychological. These forms of abuse are used by one or both partners to gain power and control in the relationship.

Once power and control is gained the abusive partner uses fear to trap the abused into the dangerous cycle of domestic violence. Threats, coercion, isolation, humiliation, intimidation are some of the ways the fear is embedded into the victim.

Fear of the unknown (never knowing when the abuser will attack) keeps the victim paralyzed in the situation and makes them feel hopeless and helpless. Shame plays a big factor as well, the victim doesn’t want others to know what is going on in the relationship. Embarrassment that they have allowed themselves to end up in an abusive relationship keeps the victim from verbalizing the abuse to others. Guilt weighs heavily on the victim, causing the victim to feel as if they have somehow done something to deserve the abuse.

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Most often the abuser isolates the victim from close family and friends to keep them from having a support system. Without a support system it is very difficult for the victim to escape. And if they do, this is when the abuser normally will begin to stalk the victim. Stalking is just as terrorizing as the abuse, and sometimes even worse.

Domestic Violence isn’t biased, or racist, it happens to women of all races, ages, religious affiliations, occupations, educational backgrounds, and socio-economic levels.

Statistics

  • 1 in 4 women and 1 in 9 men are victims of domestic violence in their lifetime.1
  • In households with incomes under $15,000 per year, 35.5% of women and 20.7% of men suffered violence from an intimate partner. 1
  • Every 15 seconds a woman is beaten by her husband or partner in the U.S. 2
  • On the average, more than three women are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends every day.3
  • Nearly 3 out of 4 (74%) of Americans personally know someone who is or has been a victim of domestic violence.4
  • 30% of Americans say they know a woman who has been physically abused by her husband or boyfriend in the last year.4
  • 3.4 million people over the age of 18 are stalked each year in the United States.5
  • 3 in 4 stalking victims are stalked by someone they know.5
  • 30% of stalking victims are stalked by a current or former intimate partner.5
1.CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey 2005, http://www.thehotline.org/get-educated/abuse-in-america
2.Uniform Crime Reports, Federal Bureau of Investigation, 1991.
3.Bureau of Justice Statistics Crime Data Brief, Intimate Partner Violence, 1993-2001, February 2003.
4.Allstate Foundation, National Poll on Domestic Violence, 2006. Lieberman Research Inc., Tracking Survey conducted for The Advertising Council and the Family Violence Prevention Fund, July – October 1996.
5.Katrina Baum et al., (2009). "Stalking Victimization in the United States," (Washington, DC:BJS, 2009).
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502.209.KDVA (5382) National Domestic
Violence Hotline
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24 Hour Confidential Crisis Line: 1-800-544-2022

 

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