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A Woman’s Life Cycle of Abuse

“Although both men and women can be victims as well as perpetrators of violence, the characteristics of violence most commonly committed against women differ in critical respects from violence commonly committed against men.  Men are more likely to be killed or injured in wars or youth- and gang-related violence than women, and they are more likely to be physically assaulted or killed on the street by a stranger.  Men are also more likely to be the perpetrators of violence, regardless of the sex of the victim.  In contrast women are more likely to be physically assaulted or murdered by someone they know, often a family member or intimate partner.  They are also at greater risk of being sexually assaulted or exploited, either in childhood, adolescence, or as  adults.  Women are vulnerable to different types of violence at different moments in their lives.”1

“Violence against women is the most pervasive yet under recognized human rights violation in the world.  It is also a profound health problem that saps women’s energy, compromises their physical and mental health, and erodes their self-esteem.  In addition to causing injury, violence increases women’s long-term risk of a number of other health problems, including chronic pain, physical disability, drug and alcohol abuse, and depression.  Women with a history of physical or sexual abuse are at increased risk of unintended pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections, and miscarriages.  Despite high costs of violence against women, social institutions in almost every society in the world legitimize, obscure, and deny abuse.  The same acts that would be punished if directed at an employer, a neighbor, or an acquaintance often go unchallenged when men direct them at women, especially within the family.”1

A Woman’s Place has been working for over three decades to advocate, educate and raise awareness in the local community through many different programs.  We also provide shelter and services for those in need and we are very dedicated to our four-part mission:

1) Enhancing safety for victims, families, and communities;
2) Securing justice for victims;
3) Engaging the community and building its capacity to respond to and prevent domestic
abuse and violence, and;
4) Working to change institutions, systems, and individual practices that condone and
perpetuate violence and abuse.

A Woman’s Place envisions a society in which all individuals are safe in their intimate and familial relationships and have the space to thrive and develop to their full potential.

1 A Practical Guide for Researches and Activists – Violence Against Women as a Health and Development Issue

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