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The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence has designated October as domestic violence awareness month. Domestic violence is the term used to describe intimate partner violence. This is a very common problem in our society and presents itself in many different forms. Of course the most extreme type of domestic violence is murder committed by an intimate partner. There was a study done by the federal government on this problem that showed that women who are murdered in domestic violence are more likely to be murdered by a firearm than by all other methods combined.

According to the U.S. Dept. of Justice, women are much more likely to be victims of domestic violence committed by an intimate partner than men are. This is especially true when there is a weapon used. Furthermore, women are have much more of a chance of being victimized in their own home than anywhere else.

There are some important findings revealed in the annual publication by the Violence Policy Center, “When Men Murder Women”, that refute a lot of the myths having to do with the lethality of domestic violence against women and provides facts to improve domestic violence awareness.

Domestic Violence Awareness Facts

For crimes of homicide (where the victim and offender had an identifiable relationship) 94% of the female victims were killed by a man they knew personally.

Of female victims of murder, women were 16 times more likely to be killed by a man they knew, as opposed to being murdered by a male stranger.

There were 1,601 female victims in the study and 264 of them were gunned down and murdered by their husband or an intimate acquaintance during an argument.

For crimes of homicide where the type of murder weapon could be determined, 51% of female homicides were committed using firearms than by any other type of weapon. Cutting instruments including knives were used in 20% of female murders, some form of bodily force was used in 14% of female murders, and blunt objects accounted for 7% of female murders. Of the murders in which a firearm was used on the female victim, 73% were with a handgun.

Domestic violence awareness programs are needed in Memphis, TN.  The rate of domestic homicide in Tennessee, the Volunteer State, is among the top ten in the entire nation. According to a recent report, women in Tennessee are murdered by their intimate partners a lot more often than the national average. This research study investigated just the instances involving one female murder victim and just one male offender.

The average rate of women being killed by men nationally was 1.16 per 100,000, but in Tennessee the rate is 1.60 per 100,000. Alaska had the highest rate in the country, which was 2.57, followed by South Carolina who came in at 2.06 with Oklahoma being next at 2.03.

In analyzing the data from the study they focused only on women murdered by men as the single victim in the case with him being the single offender. In looking at the 1.706 cases of female homicide in the country that fit that description, 93% of the female victims were murdered at the hands of a man they knew personally; of these cases, 62% were murdered by an intimate partner or a former spouse.

There were only two states in the nation that reported that 100% of its female homicides were committed at the hands of men the victim knew personally (in cases where the relationship between the victim and offender was be determined). Tennessee was one of the two states reporting this. Of these cases, 68% of the murders were committed by intimate partners or by former spouses. Domestic violence awareness programs can save lives.

Domestic violence awareness also involves the understanding that the mental or psychological trauma results from intimate partner violence.  Depression, anxiety, PTSD and other psychological disorders may result from intimate partner violence. Because our treatment for depression and anxiety programs rely on evidence based practices, our Intensive Outpatient Program shares many common methods with other successful treatment methods.  The foundation of our treatment program for relies on the principles of the stages of change, cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focused treatment, skills training and identifying repetitive dysfunctional behavioral relationship patterns to promote recovery from depression and other mental health disorders.  In fact, our Intensive Outpatient Program in Memphis, TN that has been proven to be effective in the treatment of these disorders in six peer reviewed treatment outcome studies.   Our treatment center provides services to those who need more treatment than one hour a week, but less than 24 hour care, by providing three hours of treatment per day, three to five days per week, in an intensive outpatient setting. It is also important to keep in mind that women and men often experience depression differently and therefore the presence of depression and anxiety may also appear differently based on gender. If you or a loved one has been involved in domestic violence and is showing signs of depression or anxiety, including PTSD, they should be assessed by a trained mental health professional who can help design a treatment plan for depression that can result in recovery.  Treatment for depression and anxiety can be highly successful.  People who have completed our program have provide very high consumer satisfaction scores and reviewsCall us at 901-682-6136 to schedule an appointment.