Violence in the Home
Drive down any street in America. More than one household in six has been the scene of a spouse striking his or her partner last year. Three American households in five (which have children living at home), have reverberated with the sounds of parents hitting their children. Where there is more than one child in the home, three in five are the scenes of violence between siblings. Over all, every other house in America is the scene of family violence at least once a year.
As high as these figures may seem, they are only national averages. Some neighborhoods are actually more violent than this, while other neighborhoods are somewhat less violent. But whatever the case, every American neighborhood has violent families.
These figures come from the first national study of violence in American homes. We have always known that America is a