- The US Department of Justice estimates that there are nearly 1,000,000 incidents of violence against a current or former spouse, boyfriend or girlfriend per year.
- Nearly 1/3 of American women report being raped and/or physically assaulted by a current or former spouse, cohabitating partner or date at some time during their life (National Violence Against Women Survey, conducted from November 1995 to May 1996). In addition, those who study the dynamics of domestic violence estimate that 60%-70% of the cases also involve alcohol abuse.
- No matter how grim, statistics cannot begin to reveal the devastating impact of abuse and violence on victim’s families, loved ones, friends and colleagues. But we are not helpless. There are steps we all can take. To offer support or report instances of domestic violence, call The National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1.800.799.SAFE (7233) or visit their website. In addition, there are several state-level agencies which offer assistance to victims and families struggling to deal with this issue. These state agencies, their phone numbers and addresses can be found here. At a more activist level, there is the Cynthia L. Bischof Memorial Foundation established to promote legislative change in how we protect victims and potential victims from further abuse and violence.
THE ABK TRACKING SOLUTION
ABK Tracking monitoring solutions, when integrated into strict community supervision and counseling program can help break the cycle of domestic violence. For example, active GPS can be used to ensure the monitored individual attends anger management classes (inclusion zone) AND avoids locations frequented by the domestic violence victim (exclusion zones). When the offender becomes non-compliant, both the victim and the supervising agent can be immediately notified via cell phone or landline.