Every minute, 20 people are physically abused by a romantic partner in the U.S., according to CDC numbers. This means as many as 10 million women and men experience physical abuse in a given year.
But domestic abuse is not limited to that of a physical nature.
According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, about 48 percent of women and 49 percent of men have experienced at least one “psychologically aggressive behavior” by an intimate partner, including humiliation, stalking and isolating a victim from his or her family and friends.
In an effort to bring national awareness to the issue of domestic violence and abuse, President Barack Obama recently proclaimed October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
What types of domestic abuse exists? How does domestic abuse result in PTSD for some victims? What are the barriers that survivors face when deciding to leave an abusive relationship?
Join @NewsHour for a Twitter chat from 1-2 p.m. EDT Friday, Oct. 14. We will discuss these questions with the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (@), NoMore.org (@), Shari Miles-Cohen, PhD, director of Women’s Programs Office for American Psychological Association (@), the National Domestic Violence Hotline (@). Also joining will be the Pulitzer prize-winning reporters of the Post and Courier’s “Till Death Do Us Part” series, Jennifer Berry-Hawes (@), Glenn Smith (@) and Doug Pardue (@).
See a recap of the discussion below: