Domestic Violence 101
Domestic violence is defined by the U.S. Department of Justice as a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another intimate partner, whether in a physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological way. This can include any behavior that is used to intimidate, threaten, hurt, isolate, frighten or coerce someone.
1 out of 4 women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime.
- Half of batterers who frequently abuse their wives also frequently abuse their children.
- Of the children who witness domestic violence, 60% of the boys eventually become batterers and 50% of the girls become victims.
- Domestic violence programs in the United States serve more than 50,000 adults and children every day.
- 56,000 soldiers died in the Vietnam War. In that same time period 54,000 women died from domestic violence. There were no headlines for the women who died in anonymity.
- 30% of Americans say they know a woman who has been physically abused by her husband or boyfriend in the past year.
- Over 90% of batterers are male but there are female batterers.
- In California, 620,000 women each year suffer physical abuse from an intimate partner.
- House of Ruth began in 1981 with a 24-hour hotline then their first shelter soon followed.
- Today House of Ruth has an 18,000 square foot shelter that can house up to 20 families including both emergency 45-day shelter and transitional shelter up to 18 months.
- Unfortunately, there is always more demand than available resources.
Key Historic Dates for Domestic Violence
Get to Know Us
Purple Hearts is a community service program of Purpose Church. Our team is committed to providing love and assistance to victims of domestic violence housed in shelters in southern California.
Your generosity will make a difference in the lives of women and children victimized by domestic violence and help give them a safe and fresh new start. 100% of our donations go directly to support these families.
If You Need Help
If you are in danger, call 911, the local Southern California hotline 877-988-5559, or the U.S. National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 and TTY 1-800-787-3224.