Thanks to everyone who took the time to read the story I posted a few days ago about Anne-Christine Johnson, a young mother in Texas who was allegedly murdered by her ex-husband in 2016 after years of psychological and physical abuse.
Domestic violence is shockingly common in the United States, I’ve learned.
According to a report released last year by the Centers for Disease Control, 37 percent of women in this country have been physically assaulted, sexually assaulted, or stalked by an intimate partner.
More than half of these women—about 28 million—have experienced “severe” violence at the hands of a partner, according to the CDC. They’ve been punched, kicked, burned, stabbed, strangled, and shot.
And those figures don’t even include women who were murdered by their abusers. Of the 3,519 girls and women who were murdered in the United States in 2015, nearly half were killed by a current or former intimate partner, the CDC estimates.
A national conversation has begun on how men treat women at work, but we still don’t talk much about how men treat women at home.
Isn’t it about time we started?