Why We Help

Without an organization in the community advocating to end domestic violence, individuals and families would have nowhere to turn when they find themselves in violent relationships. Many are embarrassed or think it’s their fault. Without help, these families would likely continue to live in physically and emotionally abusive situations.

The statistics surrounding family violence are staggering (not only nationally, but in our own community). In a narrow sense, family violence without intervention creates internal and external socio-emotional effects. In prolonged cases, we see long-term post-traumatic stress disorder, severe trust issues and depression. Taking a more broad view, there is an obvious inter-generational cycle of abuse that appears. In other words, the effects of family violence live on through families for generations to come.

That’s why CAAW was founded – we are a safe and dependable resource for those in danger. We believe we can end family violence in our community. That’s why we do what we do.

 Family Violence Statistics

  • Every 9 seconds in the US a woman is assaulted or beaten.
  • Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women—more than car accidents, muggings and rapes combined.
  • About 25% of women and 8% of men are raped or physically assaulted by their spouse, partner, or dating partner in their lifetime.
  • 1 in 3 female homicide victims are murdered by their current or former partner.
  • Every year, more than 3 million children witness domestic violence in their homes.
  • Nearly three out of four (74%) of Americans personally know someone who is or has been a victim of domestic violence.
  • 50% of the men who frequently assaulted their wives also frequently abused their children.

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