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                        Domestic Violence Cannot Be Ignored in a Practical Personal Defense Plan

                        n our seminars we talk about the importance of focusing your personal defense plan on areas where you are most likely to be hurt or injured on a daily basis. When we ask for some examples of where this is most likely to be, we get answers like, at work, driving, at home, etc. These are all legitimate and correct answers. There is one area however, particularly related to females, in which we have yet to have it offered as an answer to this question, that is actually A LIKELY cause of injury or death. Domestic Violence - according to statistics anyway. How can this be overlooked? Well most likely its because those who have attended our seminars just arenít victims OR, if they are victims, few would be comfortable throwing it out as a possibility. Check out these stats from Domestic Violence Statistics website:

                        • Every 9 seconds in the US a woman is assaulted or beaten.

                        • Around the world, at least one in every three women has been beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused during her lifetime. Most often, the abuser is a member of her own family.

                        • Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to womenómore than car accidents, muggings, and rapes combined.

                        • Studies suggest that up to 10 million children witness some form of domestic violence annually.

                        • Nearly 1 in 5 teenage girls who have been in a relationship said a boyfriend threatened violence or self-harm if presented with a breakup.

                        • Everyday in the US, more than three women are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends.

                        • Ninety-two percent of women surveyed listed reducing domestic violence and sexual assault as their top concern.

                        • Domestic violence victims lose nearly 8 million days of paid work per year in the US aloneóthe equivalent of 32,000 full-time jobs.

                        • Based on reports from 10 countries, between 55 percent and 95 percent of women who had been physically abused by their partners had never contacted non-governmental organizations, shelters, or the police for help.

                        • The costs of intimate partner violence in the US alone exceed $5.8 billion per year: $4.1 billion are for direct medical and health care services, while productivity losses account for nearly $1.8 billion.

                        • Men who as children witnessed their parentsí domestic violence were twice as likely to abuse their own wives than sons of nonviolent parents.

                        I want to focus on third one:

                        Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to womenómore than car accidents, muggings, and rapes combined.

                        This being accepted as accurate, should we focus on this a critical area in our personal defense plan? Even if you do not currently consider yourself a victim, this can change quickly. I see it happen with families all of the time. On the other hand, many females, who are clearly victims of domestic violence, just donít understand what a victim really is or how Domestic Violence is defined.

                        Let me be clear about this with the understanding that I fully realize that what I am about to say is much easier said than done:

                        You cannot allow yourself to be a victim of a domestic assault, even one time, without a consequence to your abuser!

                        It only escalates!

                        And you must understand exactly what domestic violence is in your specific state. So many females just donít understand that there are many things that are considered criminal acts that most would never associate as such. Read and understand your states laws! And use your states resources! Every state has numerous, cost free resources for victims of Domestic Violence.

                        Published Jan 19, 2014

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