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What are some causes of abuse?

Child abuse-

Child abuse is broadly defined in many states as any type of cruelty inflicted upon a child. 84 percent of prison inmates were abused as children. One in three girls and one in five boys are sexually abused by an adult at some time during childhood. Most sexual abusers are someone in the family or someone the child knows, not the
proverbial stranger with a lollipop. Families with four or more children have higher rates of abuse and neglect, especially if their living conditions are crowded or they live in isolated areas. More than 80 percent of abusers are a parent or someone close to a child. Child abuse is far more likely to occur in the child’s home than in a day care center. One in thirteen kids with a parent on drugs is physically abused regularly. Drug and alcohol abuse in the family makes child abuse about twice as likely. One out of ten babies born today are born to mothers who are abusing drugs. Drinking and smoking heavily during pregnancy also endangers the health of unborn children.

Abuse in general-

1. At least 1.8 million women are battered in the U.S.
2.Battering is the single major cause of death to women, exceeding rape, mugging and auto accidents.
3.Between 2,000 and 4,000 women are beaten to death each year in the U.S.
4.The suicides of 20% of white women and 50% of black women are preceded by incidents of abuse.
5.60% of all married women experience abuse by their husbands at some time during their marriage.
6.60% of battered women are also raped by there husbands.
7.In 30% of abuse against women, children are also abused.
8.68% of the boys that range from the 11 and 20 kill the man that has abused there mother.
9.more than 50% of the homeless women on the streets left home to escape beatings.
10.50 to 80% of the women treated at the hospital emergency rooms are there for injuries inflicted by there domestic partners.
11.80% of men who batter commit no other crimes.
12.71% of pet-owning women entering women’s shelters reported that their batterer had injured, maimed, killed or threatened family pets for revenge or to psychologically control victims; 32% reported their children had hurt or killed animals.
13.68% of battered women reported violence towards their animals. 14.87% of these incidents occurred in the presence of the women, and 75% in the presence of the children, to psychologically control and coerce them.
15.Between 25% and 40% of battered women are unable to escape abusive situations because they worry about what will happen to their pets or livestock should they leave


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