USA – Abortion access a lifeline for domestic violence survivors

Abortion bans give abusers the tools to continue to manipulate their partners

Sylvia Ghazarian, American Forum
Oct 29, 2023

National Domestic Violence Awareness Month serves as a sobering reminder of the countless survivors who have endured the horrors of domestic violence. As we stand in solidarity during October, we must recognize that the battle against this extends far beyond this designated month. The voices of survivors, once muffled by fear and shame, must be amplified relentlessly. Accountability must be thrust upon the perpetrators, and the survivors must be liberated from the guilt that they carry.

One in three women and one in four men experience partner physical violence, partner sexual violence and/or partner stalking. On an average day, there are more than 20,000 phone calls placed to domestic violence hotlines nationwide. In the end, studies have shown that there is a correlation between intimate partner violence and depression. At WRRAP last year approximately 15% of those we provided funding to were survivors of domestic violence.  And, for the first half of this year we have over 16% who have reported they are survivors of DV.