Domestic Violence & Poverty

Understanding Domestic Abuse and Poverty in Tarrant County

 

At The Ladder Alliance, our goal is to provide women victims of domestic violence and/or low income women with the tools to lead self-sufficient, independent lives for themselves and their family.

Domestic Violence

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  • According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, Domestic Violence, also referred to as “spouse/partner abuse”, is the leading cause of injury and death to American women.
  • According to domesticviolence.org, domestic abuse is defined as “behaviors used by one person in a relationship to control the other…[which] includes physical assault, sexual abuse,…emotional, psychological and financial.”
  • About 1 in 4 women (24.3%) have experienced severe physical violence by an intimate partner.
  • More than 1 in 3 women (35.6%) in the United States have experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime.
  • Nearly half of all women in the United States have experienced psychological aggression by an intimate partner in their lifetime. (48.4%)

-National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (CDC) 2010

 

Poverty

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 Tarrant CountyFort Worth
Number of female heads of households 95,348 43,278
 % in poverty 29% 33.7%
 Number of female heads of households with related
children under 18
 68,001 31,028
 % in poverty37% 41.6%
 Compare with:
 Individuals  – percent below poverty 15.3% 19.3%
 Families  – percent below poverty 11.9% 15.2%
Families with related children under 18 – percent below poverty17.6%21.6%

-Sources:  2014 American FactFinder Survey