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Domestic Violence Awareness

The National Philanthropy of Sigma Phi Omega is to "Raise Awareness of Domestic Violence in the Asian Community and Promote the Prevention of Domestic Violence Against Women."  

The sisters of Sigma Phi Omega are passionate about serving the community and reaching out to those in need.  Throughout the year, our chapters host numerous events that benefit the victims and their families.

Every October during National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, each chapter hosts  S.A.F.E. Week (Stop Abuse in Family Environments) to educate, inform and raise monetary contributions towards assisting victims of abuse. Past activities have included: kick-off rallies, street carnivals, donation drives, creating pepper spray from scratch, tournament fundraisers, talent shows and benefit concerts, and workshops such as self-defense classes.

Sigmas stand behind our motto "The reward is in the doing" and are committed to giving back to our local communities throughout the country.

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Statistics

  • 38,028,000 women have experienced physical intimate partner violence in their lifetimes.
  • Nearly 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men aged 18 and older in the United States have been the victim of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime. Nearly 14% of women and 3.54% of men have been injured as a result of IPV that included contact sexual violence, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime.
  • 4,774,000 women in the U.S. experience physical violence by an intimate partner every year.
  • Women between the ages of 18-24 are most commonly abused by an intimate partner.  Young women experience the highest rate of intimate partner violence, almost double the national average.  
  • Intimate partner violence accounts for 15% of all violent crime.
  • 19% of domestic violence involves a weapon.
  • Only 34% of people who are injured by intimate partners receive medical care for their injuries.
  • Almost half of female and male victims of rape in the United States were raped by an acquaintance. Of these, 45.4% of female rape victims and 29% of male rape victims were raped by an intimate partner.
  • More than half of women and men who have been physically or sexually abused, or stalked by a dating partner, first experienced abuse between the ages of 11-24.
  • Women who have experienced sexual assault, physical abuse or stalking by an intimate partner are twice as likely to report poor physical health and three times more likely to report poor mental health.
  • 60.8% of female stalking victims and 43.5% men reported being stalked by a current or former intimate partner.
  • Each year, 7.5 million people in the U.S. are affected by stalking.  About 15 percent of females will deal with stalking at some point in their lives as compared with about 6 percent of males. Half of all stalking survivors were under the age of 25 when they were first stalked.
  • Lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) youth are more likely to experience physical and psychological dating abuse, sexual coercion and cyber dating abuse than their heterosexual peers.
  • Men account for about 24 percent of domestic violence survivors.
  • Of rapes on men that were committed by someone known to the survivor, about 29 percent were by an intimate partner.