About this course
This training includes excerpts from the following publications:
MCADSV – Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence's
- Understanding the Nature and Dynamics of Domestic Violence
- Understanding the Nature and Dynamics of Sexual Violence
- Advocacy in Practice Workbook
About the use of pronouns in this training
The greatest single common denominator about victims of domestic violence is the fact that the overwhelming majority are women.
According to the most comprehensive national study by the U.S. Department of Justice on family violence, the majority of domestic violence victims are women. Females are 84 percent of spouse abuse victims and 86 percent of victims at the hands of a boyfriend or girlfriend. The study also found that men are responsible for the vast majority of these attacks—about 75 percent.
And women experience more chronic and injurious physical assaults by intimate partners than do men.
That’s why feminine pronouns are used in this training when referring to adult victims and masculine pronouns are used when referring to perpetrators of domestic violence.
This should not detract from the understanding that, in some instances, the perpetrator might be female while the victim is male or of the same gender.