If you ask any policeman or detective who is involved in solving a murder who his primary suspects are, the answer will come back in 99% of the cases: the spouse. It is a sad fact that because of the history of domestic violence in this country and actually around the world, spouses automatically become the prime suspect in any murder case.\nIn today’s article we will share with you some other facts about domestic violence that perhaps you did not know. It will give you an idea of the depth and breadth of the subject of domestic violence.\nWe might start by reminding you to read our recent article entitled ‘What Is The Big Deal About Domestic Violence?’ that sheds more light on this terrible blight.\nFor review, the Department of Justice defines Domestic Violence as a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another intimate partner. Domestic violence can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person.”\nAnyone regardless of race, age, sexual orientation, religion or gender is subject to domestic violence because it affects people of all socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels. It can happen to opposite sex and same-sex relationships, intimate partners who are married, living together or dating. It is becoming increasingly prevalent in teenage dating relationships-perhaps the birthplace of domestic violence.\nOur first little known fact about domestic violence comes from this article about the Holiday Spike in Domestic Abuse. Historically, the holidays usually show an uptick in domestic violence usually centered on the use\/abuse of alcohol. Calls for assistance on New Year’s Day are nearly three times higher than normal according to a recent Idaho survey.\nThe article also discusses the fact that 2014 shone a glaring spotlight on violence against women with the NFL Ray Rice incident and the Rolling Stone article which was based on erroneous information about a gang rape at the UVA. Both incidents made headlines for weeks.\nThat may come as no surprise, but here are some other facts.\n\nOne in four women in the United States report intimate partner violence.\nThere is a one in three chance that a high school age girl will experience violence in a dating relationship.\nWomen who are homeless experience a 63% chance of being abused. If she has children, that number goes up to 92%.\nAccording to the American Bar Association, the number one cause of death for African-American women between the ages of 15 to 34 is homicide at the hands of a partner.\nAnd one fact that blows our mind is that an abuser, on average, hits his partner 35 times before she makes a police report.\nIn the United States domestic homicide and suicide tied to abuse are the number one and number two causes of women’s deaths during pregnancy.\n\nWe recommend that women everywhere learn how to defend themselves and carry a self-defense product such as a pepper spray or stun gun.\nWe have 190 different models of Pepper sprays for you to choose from.\n\nThis keychain model spray is one of 108 keychain models, but it is our biggest seller probably because of the cost. At $4.95 it represents the best value for protection in any kind of self-defense situation.\nAre you a victim of domestic violence? Please share your experience. We want to hear your thoughts.