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Surviving Domestic Violence: Seeking Support in Cyber-Space

Surviving Domestic Violence: Seeking Support in Cyber-Space
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Author(s): Lynn Westbrook (University of Texas at Austin, USA)
Copyright: 2007
Pages: 3
Source title: Managing Worldwide Operations and Communications with Information Technology
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-929-8.ch327
ISBN13: 9781599049298
EISBN13: 9781466665378


Domestic violence (DV) continues to be a substantive criminal issue with profound personal, health, and economic consequences for survivors as well as a complex impact on society at large. Almost 5.3 million victimizations by intimate partners occur every year among U.S. women age 18 and older (CDC, 2003). These attacks include stalking, verbal abuse, sexual assault, rape, beatings, and murder. Although women who live below the poverty line and young women are more likely to be abused, domestic violence crosses all social, economic, educational, racial, and cultural boundaries (Heise & Garcia-Moreno, 2002). In households with children, forty to sixty percent of perpetrators also abuse their children (Goelman, 2004).

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