Domestic violence is a concern for our society with far-reaching consequences. According to a study completed in 2010 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 25 percent of women and nearly 15 percent of men were subjected to serious physical violence, carried out by their intimate partners. It is estimated that 10 percent of women have been stalked by an intimate partner. Additionally, almost half of all women have experienced psychological aggression from an intimate partner.
According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, it is estimated that 1.3 million women experience intimate partner violence each year. A decade ago, there was a reported 113 felony charges and 2,681 domestic assault cases in Minnesota. Today, the issue of domestic violence continues both nationally and locally. Alleged domestic violence incidents can have a significant impact on the lives of all of the parties involved.