Domestic violence and rape – some facts


I am attending a domestic violence awareness course as part of training for a Victim Support placement.

Some interesting stats’ that have emerged from the course:

  • 50% of children will also be victims in a household where the parent is suffering from abuse.
  • 75% of victims will suffer further abuse following reporting of the crime.
  • 13 year old children (and older) are not allowed stay in refuge centres.
  • Pregnancy is a major trigger for perpetrators of domestic abuse.
  • Perpetrators mainly hit at the torso of the victims.
  • 65% of rape is committed by current or ex partners.
  • The age group 16 – 24 is the most vulnerable.
  • 75% of rape victims know the perpetrator.
  • The law does not distinguish on the length of penetration.
  • Research undertaken on rapists indicates that the gender of the victim is immaterial for 50% of rapists. This of course does not mean that 50% of victims are male but might indicate that the incidence of male rape is far higher than is reported.
  • Rapists look for victims with long hair, carrying bags and wearing high heels. The hour after 6pm is the most vulnerable time for victims.
  • Erection and ejaculation can be absent in rape cases.
  • False accusations of rape account for only 2% of cases.
  • The attractiveness of rape victims is not the issue for rapists. Power and control is the dominant motivation as it is for the incidence of rape in prison.

Some resources

http://www.aest.org.uk/survivors/male/myths_about_male_rape.htm

http://www.rapecrisis.org.uk/

http://yesmeansyesblog.wordpress.com/2009/11/12/meet-the-predators/

http://psycnet.apa.org/journals/psp/38/2/217/

http://www.springerlink.com/content/q108k28040221861/

http://fap.sagepub.com/content/11/1/11.abstract

http://www.truthaboutrape.co.uk/4898.html

http://192.87.209.9/pdf/2364.pdf

http://www.d.umn.edu/cla/faculty/jhamlin/3925/myths.html

http://www.rpgcodex.net/phpBB/viewtopic.php?t=54841&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=0&sid=66cc854796e0062160715529e3d2a3c1

http://www.csvr.org.za/wits/papers/paprapel.htm

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About Noel Bell

I am retraining in counselling and psychotherapy. Check out my blog posts and more at www.noelbell.net
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