United Communities Advocating Non-Violence
Vision: To be an abuse-free community.
Mission: To transform the community and the lives of those affected by domestic violence through support, awareness, education, and involvement.
Ending violence in our community is everyone's responsibility. Joining UCAN is a personal pledge never to commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women, children, and men. We are an educational organization that encourages reflection and discussion that leads to personal and collective action.
We partner with businesses, community groups, schools, and faith-based organizations to prevent violence through awareness and education of children, youth, and adults.
Myths about Domestic Violence
- MYTH: Domestic violence affects only a small percentage of the population
- MYTH: Abusers use violence because they get so angry that they are out of control
- MYTH: Domestic violence occurs only in low-income, uneducated, and minority populations
- MYTH: Drugs and alcohol causes domestic violence
- MYTH: Domestic violence incidents are isolated occurrences
- MYTH: The victim can always leave
Facts about Domestic Violence
- One in four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime
- 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner each year
- 95% of men who physically abuse their partners also psychologically abuse them
Impact on Children and Families
- Domestic Violence is the leading cause of injury to women between 15-44 in the United States
- Intimate partner violence results in more than 18.5 million mental health care visits
- Victims of intimate partner violence lost almost 8 million days of paid work because of violence perpetrated against them by their current or former husbands, boyfriends or dates. This loss is the equivalent of 32,000 full-time jobs
- Little boys who grow up in homes where domestic violence is occurring are 11 times more likely to become abusers than boys who come from violence-free homes
- 81% of men who batter had fathers who abused their mothers
- 63% of young men between 11-20 who are serving time for homicide have killed their mothers abusers