Intimate partner violence accounts for 15% of all violent crime
The statistics are alarming, and the Christy Sims Foundation is committed to changing them. Too few programs focus on preventing the problem—we believe we can change the future by giving the next generation the tools and skills they need to prevent themselves from becoming a victim—or a perpetrator.
Our free programs for young men and women, aged 16-24, are designed to:
- Facilitate self-worth and empowerment;
- Provide tools to help with anger management;
- Educate young men and women about healthy relationships and the warning signs of intimate partner abuse.
In addition to hosting an annual summit for young men and women and developing events and programs aimed at incoming college freshmen during their orientation, our current priority is to ensure that our Yellow Tulip and Manhood 101 prevention programs become part of the curriculum at schools across Georgia, and eventually, the nation.
Domestic Violence: The Numbers
- Every nine seconds in the U.S., a woman is assaulted or beaten.
- On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the U.S. During one year, this equates to more than ten million women and men.
- 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been victims of [some form of] physical violence by an intimate partner within their lifetime.
- 1 in 5 women and 1 in 7 men have been victims of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime.
- 1 in 7 women and 1 in 18 men have been stalked by an intimate partner during their lifetime to the point in which they felt very fearful or believed that they or someone close to them would be harmed or killed.
- Women between the ages of 18-24 are most commonly abused by an intimate partner.
- Domestic victimization is correlated with a higher rate of depression and suicidal behavior.