Family violence, which includes intimate partner domestic violence, child maltreatment, and elder abuse, is a daily occurrence in the United States. More than 1 million women are physically assaulted each year by a current or former intimate partner. According to the National Violence Against Women Survey, nearly 25 % of women and 7.5 % of men reported experiencing physical or sexual abuse by a current or former spouse, cohabiting partner, or date at some point in their lives (Tjaden and Thoennes, 2000). The National Center on Elder Abuse (2010) estimates that as many as 10 % of elderly individuals suffer from abuse or neglect, although fewer than one in five cases is ever reported. Meanwhile, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, there were over 3 million allegations of child maltreatment involving nearly 6 million children in 2010, with approximately 500,000 of those allegations found to be substantiated claims of maltreatment (2010). Moreover, research suggests that as many as 10 % of all children are exposed to domestic violence in their homes (Finkelhor et al.
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