Read our social issue report on empowering victims of domestic violence, which includes: an overview of the social issue, an investment recommendation, information on the return on investment, and ways to take further action.
85 percent of domestic violence victims are women. Although violence is manifested differently, women of all ages, nationalities, economic classes, and ethnic groups are affected. High-performing organizations use the empowerment approach, which places the change agency with the victims, to help them cope with abuse, plan for safety, and develop self-esteem.
Domestic violence, or intimate partner violence, is a willful single occurrence or a pattern of abusive behavior employing coercion, threat, intimidation, isolation, power or fear that results in physical, psychological or emotional trauma. This report focuses on abuse perpetrated by males against their female partners.