Skye Mockabee, who passed away in Cleveland in July, was originally thought to be a victim of violence; authorities now believe her death was an accident.
*Sherrell Faulkner, 46, a transgender woman of color died on May 16, 2017, of injuries sustained during an attack on November 30, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
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But because this is a 'private' issue, a 'family matter,' people don't talk about it." In an effort to topple that taboo, Good pulled together a slew of surprising statistics on the subject — and the data is eye-opening.
And while 85% of domestic abuse victims are women, the U. Department of Justice's 2000 National Violence Against Women Survey's findings suggest that women's experiences are hardly equal: "Lesbian couples experience less intimate partner violence than do heterosexual couples."And on the flip side, men who endure domestic abuse living with male intimate partners are the victimized male group.
Nearly double the percent of cohabitating men reported "being raped, physically assaulted and/or stalked by a male cohabitant" compared to those residing with, or married to, women.
When it comes to racial divide, there is no difference either. states have the highest rates of domestic violence, one report identifies Alaska as the worst — and includes Maine, New Mexico, Texas, Rhode Island, Wisconsin and Vermont on the list — but notes that varying criteria by state makes a definitive ranking impossible.
"White, Black and Hispanic women all incur about the same rates of violence committed by an intimate partner," according to the DVIP. The Horrific Reality- Good Housekeeping.com" data-pin-url=" data-pin-media=" data-img320=" data-img320-w = "480" data-img320-h = "640" data-cut=320 data-zoom=" src="//ghk.h-cdn.co/assets/goodhousekeeping/20180222135935/images/blank.png" data-src=" alt="domestic violence statistics abuse phone calls hotline" data-img480=" data-img480-w = "640" data-img480-h = "853" data-img640=" data-img640-w = "320" data-img640-h = "426" data-img768=" data-img768-w = "480" data-img768-h = "640" data-img980=" data-img980-w = "320" data-img980-h = "426" data-img1024=" data-img1024-w = "320" data-img1024-h = "426" nopin="nopin" /Ironically, it's the incredible pervasiveness of the violence that Deborah Tucker of the National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence says keeps people in denial.
Though in plain sight, victims are often invisible, fearfully denying their situation and hiding behind the facade of a happy home. Every nine seconds, a woman in America is assaulted or beaten, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
"Many don't want to acknowledge it because it leads to understanding more than they want to face," she explains.
"They want to label it a lot of times as a sort of 'low-life' problem: 'It must be people who are uneducated and disadvantaged,' which is just a way to distance yourself and feel like that won't happen to people in your class, in your neighborhood. But it's everywhere and that's really hard to accept."Women between 25 and 34 are reportedly the most vulnerable to partner violence.
Sadly, 2016 has already seen at least 23 transgender people fatally shot, stabbed and killed by other violent means.
As HRC continues to work toward justice and equality for transgender people, we mourn those we have lost: Two other transgender people died in 2016.