income linked to abusive relationship
One quarter of women and 13% of men in South Carolina report that
they have experienced abuse in an intimate relationship, with
poorer people being at the greatest risk, according to researchers
at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
In a survey
of 556 South Carolina residents aged 18 to 64, investigators found
that a substantial number had suffered physical, emotional or
sexual abuse from an intimate partner. While women were three
to five times more likely than men to have been physically or
sexually abused, men reported emotional abuse as often as women
did. Eight percent of men and 7% of women said they had been emotionally
abused by a partner at some point in their lives.
people who earned less than $15,000 annually were nearly five
times more likely to report abuse compared with those who incomes
exceeded $50,000. The findings are published in the August 4th
issue of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
to the CDC, South Carolina health officials plan to use surveys
to monitor intimate partner violence among state residents. The
results, the agency reports, will be distributed to "increase
awareness of this public health problem, to stress the unacceptability
of intimate partner violence," and to aid in the development of
crisis hotlines, shelters, and counseling programs for victims