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Did you know that in 2013 (the most recent year for which national statistics are available) an average of 4 children died EACH DAY as a result of physical abuse and/or neglect? The estimated number is 1,520 deaths in the United States that year. This shows a slight decrease from 2012 statistics.

Did you know that 46.5% of those 1,520 deaths were children under the age of one? An additional 34.5% were aged 1 to 3. The youngest children are the most vulnerable, probably due to their dependency on the adults around them, their size, and their inability to report what is happening to them. Children aged 4 to 7 accounted for 11.7% while those aged 8 to 11 account for 3.5%. The remaining number is the total of those aged 12 to 17 years of age.

Did you know that in 2013 parents were responsible for 78.% of the fatalities?

Did you know that the FBI estimates that 30% of fatalities among women are committed by their husbands, boyfriends, or exes? This also translates into 4 women per day killed by someone who is supposed to love them and honor them. In most cases, when a woman is killed by a partner or former partner, it is after they have left the abusive partner; after they have made their escape. They are stalked and attacked, just as they are beginning to feel safe.

Did you know that when a battered woman kills her abuser, it is most often due to self-defense or to protect their children? Statistics vary from agency to agency and state to state but the high numbers for these self-defense/defense of others murders is 67% in California.

β€œWhen domestic violence results in homicide, it is often a reflection of the community’s failure to recognize the severity and potential lethality of the problem, and to address its critical role in early intervention.” – Strengthen Our Sisters

These posts have been increasingly difficult to write because of their subjects. However, I do feel it is important to highlight some of these issues. I’ve resorted to some dry statistics and some fictionalized case studies, along with some true events. I hope you forgive me for not being more creative. My hope is that someone will be helped, either by reading these posts or by having the information shared with them.

If you’re inclined to do so, please read this important news story of a current case in California. It highlights how some children are failed by they system.

When parents abuse and kill and the system covers it up

My 2016 A to Z Challenge Posts

Abuse

Because

Child Abuse

Dad

Elder Abuse

Families & Domestic Violence

Gloria

Hush

Ignoring

Jasmine

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