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What are the demographic, psychological, and social characteristics of battered women and husbands who batter?

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Based on statistics, demographics of battered women and husbands who batter include:

? Women ages 20-24 are at the greatest risk of nonfatal intimate partner violence. (Bureau of Justice Statistics, Intimate Partner Violence in the U.S. 1993-2004, 2006.)
? Between 1993 and 2004, intimate partner violence on average made up 22% of nonfatal intimate partner victimization against women. The same year, intimate partners committed 3% of all violent crime against men. (Bureau of Justice Statistics, Intimate Partner Violence in the U.S. 1993-2004, 2006.)
? Separated and divorced males and females are at a greater risk of nonfatal intimate partner violence. (Bureau of Justice Statistics, Intimate Partner Violence in the U.S. 1993-2004, 2006.)
? Women of all races are about equally vulnerable to violence by an intimate partner. (Bureau of Justice Statistics, Violence Against Women: Estimates from the Redesigned Survey, August 1995)
? Average annual rates of intimate partner victimization between 1994 and 2004 are approximately the same for non-Hispanic and Hispanic females and males. (Bureau of Justice Statistics, Intimate Partner Violence in the U.S. 1993-2004, 2006.)
? Intimate partner violence affects people regardless of income. However, people with lower annual income (below $25K) are at a 3-times higher risk of intimate partner violence than people with higher annual income (over $50K).* (Bureau of Justice Statistics, Intimate Partner Violence in the U.S. 1993-2004, 2006.) *Please note that those with less resources are more likely to report incidents of violence
? On average between 1993 and 2004, residents of urban areas experienced highest level of nonfatal intimate partner violence. Residents in suburban and rural areas were equally likely to experience such violence, about 20% less than those in urban areas. (Bureau of Justice Statistics, Intimate Partner Violence in the U.S. 1993-2004, 2006.) (excerpted from http://www.dvrc-or.org/domestic/violence/resources/C61/#dom).

See other statistics at http://www.dvrc-or.org/domestic/violence/resources/C61/.

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The solution provides advice in tackling the problem listed above in relation to the demographic, psychological, and social characteristics of battered women as well as the men who victimize/abuse them.

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