Domestic violence increasingly on the Vatican’s radar

by Elise Harris  |  published on November 14, 2014

A Catholic psychologist who recently met with the Pontifical Council for the Laity says violence between partners is still a massive problem globally – and it’s gaining more attention from the Vatican.

“Domestic violence, currently called intimate partner violence (IPV) in professional literature to distinguish partner violence from child abuse, is still a very common problem in the U.S.,” Dr. Christauria Welland, Psy.D. told CNA Nov. 7.

“This is so despite more than 30 years of intensive awareness and intervention on the part of federal and state lawmakers, law enforcement, victim advocates, therapists for victims, perpetrators and children exposed to IPV, the media and educators of every kind.”

Each year in the United States more than 12 million women and men are victims of rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner, she revealed, adding that in the course of their lives 33 percent of women and 28 percent of men in the U.S. report at least one incident of IPV.

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