According to the Department of Justice:
• Young women between the ages of 16 and 24 experience the highest rate of intimate partner violence, almost triple the national average
• 57% say dating violence is difficult to identify
• 58% say they don’t know how to help someone who’s experiencing it
• 51% of college males admit perpetrating one or more sexual assault incidents during college
• The National Intimate Partner Violence and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS), reported that 9.5 percent of Black women had been stalked and 41.2 percent of Black women had been physically abused by a partner during their lifetime.
The statistics above show us that a significant numbers of people are severely impacted by the intimate partner violence. But we don’t need statistics to tell us that. We see it on the news, in our homes and college campuses.
*Why Do They Stay? Survivors stay in abusive relationships for lots of reasons. Many stay because of love, fear, economic instability, a lack of understanding and support from peers, family members and society and a host of other reasons.
Like many young women, Zoë Flowers found herself in a dangerous relationship. She ended the relationship but the experience motivated her to challenge rape culture and become a catalyst for change. And she discovered that magic happened when she started sharing her struggles and the journey to self-love. From Ashes to Angel’s Dust: A Journey Through Womanhood is an intensely personal look at intimate partner violence and the road to healing From Ashes to Angel’s Dust: A Journey Through Womanhood provides readers with insight into the historical and current societal factors that support gender based violence and National Domestic Violence Resources. The book also illustrates the unique barriers to safety faced by survivors of color and highlights strategies for safety planning, healing and prevention.
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