Please remember that the primary goal of my shows is to EDUCATE. Each performance is designed to supplement and reinforce traditional ways of teaching with a dynamic expression of content that the audience can not easily forget.


Each performance ends with a discussion. In addition, an educational package of written materials is distributed before the show. It has also been common for the host group - women's center, shelter, student life or others to provide additional sources of information and support specific to the local area.

On these pages you will find important materials and sources of information about violence against women. I have included relevant statistics, samples of articles that I distribute during my shows, and my own, special recommended reading list. In the future I hope to have the entire educational package - specific to each show - available for download and formatted for printing.

Feel free to browse down through the various sections on this page or use the banner links at the top to quickly get to a specific area.


In the United States a women is battered every 9 seconds.

While you have been visiting this page_____ women in this country will have been beaten by their husbands or boyfriends

The Statistics

  • Women are victims of Domestic Violence 11 times more than men. Justice Dept Statistics, Feb. 1993

  • Battery is the single major cause of injury to women, more significant than auto accidents, rapes or muggings. Time Magazine Sept. 5, 1983
  • Some 2000-4000 women are beaten to death annually in the U.S. Time Magazine Sept. 5, 1983
  • 63% - 84% of men who attempt to win custody succeed - even when there is a history of domestic violence. 1993 Study: National Center Protective Parents
  • You are more likely to get killed, injured, or physically attacked in your own home by someone to whom you are related than in any other social context. Dr. Richard Gelles "Parents Magazine" Sept. 1984
  • In 1980, the State Minnesota State Legislature removed the status marriage as a defense to criminal sexual conduct charges against the victim's spouse.
  • An estimated 9,000 women in Minneapolis/St. Paul will be severely beaten this year by their husbands; even more will be abused by an ex-husband or boyfriend.
  • One out of four women is severely beaten during the course of her marriage.
  • Nearly 6 million wives will be abused by their husbands in any one year. Time magazine Sept. 5 1983
  • 95% of all assaults on spouses are committed by men.
  • Experts warn that the 2 actions most likely to trigger deadly assault are moving out of a shared residence and beginning another relationship. Time 7/4/94
  • Many men still believe that their masculine image depends on their ability to dominate and control women.
  • Women are at more risk of being killed by their current or former male partners than by any kind of assault. Time 7/4/94
  • 85% of domestic homicide cases had the police summoned at lease once before the killing occurred. Kansas City Police Dept. Study, 1970-71
  • There are 3000 animal shelters, but only 700 shelters for battered women in the U.S.
  • 63% of boys ages 11-20 who commit homicide murder the man who was abusing their mother.
  • Out of 5,745 women murdered in 1991, 6 out of 10 were killed by someone they knew. 1/2 were murdered by a spouse or intimate partner.
  • More than 45,000 Minnesota women are abused every year.
  • Domestic violence claimed the lives of 1,432 of the 4,936 women who were murdered in 1992.
  • The nation's police spend 1/3 of their time responding to domestic violence calls. Time Sept. 5, 1983
  • Domestic violence calls are the #1 cause of police officers deaths since 1972.
  • 97% of serious assaults between adults in the home are directed against women. National Coalition Against Domestic Violence statistics
  • Women contribute 1/2 the world's population, perform 2/3rds the work hours, receive 1/10th the income, and own less than 1/100th of the world's property. U.N. Report, 1980
  • Incest researchers conclude that 10-20% of American children are victims of sexual assault by a parent or parent figure.
  • 80% of the male participants in a Minneapolis, MN violence-control program grew up in homes where they saw or were victims of physical, sexual or other abuse. Time 7/4/94
  • In 9,000 family's in the metropolitan Minneapolis/St. Paul area that experience domestic abuse, 5,000-7,000 of the children are probable physical or sexual abuse victims.
  • Violence appears to become a family behavior over time. About 1/3 of all battered women report having grown up in violent families.
  • Two million women are beaten every year. Time 7/5/94
  • Every 9 seconds a woman is battered in the U.S.
  • 25% of all women's suicide attempts are preceded by a prior history of battering.





Why Dosen't She Leave? an article by Ann Jones

Karen Straw's husband beat her. She left. He came after her, beat her some more, raped her,threatened to kill her. She stabbed him. So what was the first question the anchorman asked? Ann Jones has a few choice words about that....

Why Doesn't She Leave?

Ten Most Common Questions About Domestic Violence

1. Are many women beaten by their husbands or boyfriends?

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Myths and Facts About Domestic Violence

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The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvior

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Women & Madness by Phyllis Chesler

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Wildfire by Sonia Johnson

The War Against Women by Marilyn French

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The S.C.U.M. Manifesto by Valerie Solanas

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