Definition: acts of violence or abuse against a person living in one's household

The underlying problem: For many, "home" is where they face a regime of terror and violence at the hands of somebody close to them- somebody they shuold be able to trust. These people are often times not allowed to make their own decisions, or protect themselves, their human rights are denied and their lives are stolen from them by an omnipresent threat of violence.

-1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence in their life

-1.3 million women are subject to domestic violence each year

- 85% of domestic violence happens to women

More than 53 percent of male abusers beat their children

-Up to 50 percent of all homeless women and children in this country are fleeing domestic violence

Pros- Truly there are none Cons-
- your partner may be afraid of you
- can cause humiliation in public to the person(s) being beaten
- your partner may feel afraid to even do anything in their life without permission
- depression is a common result of domestic abuse

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CHARLOTTE — A 10-year-old girl ran out of her home with her 2-year-old brother to waiting police officers late Monday night. Leaving behind her father, who then fatally shot himself, the girl proceeded to help unravel a grisly murder-suicide, the police said. Two adults and two children were dead.
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The Charlotte Observer, via Associated Press
The police investigated at an apartment building in Charlotte, N.C., after a man killed his wife and some of their children.
The father, Kenneth Jermaine Chapman, 33, had suffocated his wife, Nateesha Ward Chapman, 34, in an apartment they had recently moved from, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said. In the family’s new apartment nearby, he stabbed 13-year-old Na’Jhae Parker and suffocated her 13-month-old sister, Nakyiah Jael Chapman — within a day of killing their mother. With the two children’s bodies in the apartment for several days, Mr. Chapman continued to live there with his 10-year-old daughter and 2-year-old son.
The 10-year-old, a fifth grader, suspected that her stepmother and siblings were dead, the police said. But she continued to attend school and not discuss the situation for fear that she could endanger herself and her 2-year-old brother.
Officials at McClintock Middle School in Charlotte called the Chapmans’ home when Na’Jhae, an eighth grader, did not show up for class. A school spokeswoman declined to give any details of the call.On Thursday, new details emerged about other warning signs of the family’s troubles. Mecklenburg County Youth and Family Services said that it received a telephone referral about the family on Sept. 21. A department spokesman declined to give details about the call but said the information did not meet the legal definition for abuse or neglect or indicate that a child was in danger.
Two calls were made to 911 about the family: one by a friend of Mr. Chapman’s, on March 19, and one by Nateesha Chapman’s uncle, at about 11:15 Monday night.
The friend told the police on March 19 that he was concerned about a Facebook posting that indicated that Mr. Chapman might be suicidal, according to a police spokesman, Rob Tufano said. The friend said Mr. Chapman had told him to “check the news in a few days.”
An officer went to the family’s old apartment about 6:30 p.m. that day. All the lights were out and no one answered the door, Mr. Tufano said. The officer returned later, but no one answered the door.
On Monday night, Nateesha Chapman’s uncle asked the police to check on his niece, whom he had tried to reach several times in the past two weeks. When officers went to the family’s new apartment, the 10-year-old girl and 2-year-old boy ran from the home.
Hours later, guided by information from the girl, the police went to the family’s old apartment and found Ms. Chapman’s body.
The Chapmans moved to Charlotte from Martinsburg, W.Va., about a year ago to be closer to Ms. Chapman’s relatives and to benefit from a better economy, friends said.
“Up here it seemed like everything was all right,” said Solomon Wright, a neighbor in West Virginia who taught Na’Jhae, the 13-year-old, and her 10-year-old sister in school. “I never saw the evil. That’s what troubles me the most. I didn’t see it. If I had, maybe I could have helped.”
At McClintock Middle School in Charlotte this week, students decorated Na’Jhae’s locker with flowers. On Thursday, teenagers marched through Charlotte’s Uptown area to raise awareness of domestic violence.