OKLAHOMA CITY — The relationship between poverty and domestic violence will be the focus of an interim study by Rep. Kay Floyd, D-Oklahoma City.
The Speaker of the House T.W. Shannon, R-Lawton,has approved the study and it will be heard by the Human Services committee in the fall.
"Domestic violence is not contained within any single socio-economic group but studies have long shown the relationship between poverty and increased risks of domestic violence," said Floyd. "My intent with this study is to bring all interested parties to the table to discuss domestic violence and identify what we in the legislature can do to address this serious issue."
Quick facts on Domestic Violence and Poverty
- 1 in 4 women will be a victim of domestic violence in their lifetime
- Oklahoma ranks 11th in the nation for the number of women killed by men
- In Oklahoma, one-third of all female homicide victims were killed by an intimate partner
- Source: YWCA Oklahoma City, "Fast Facts on Violence & the YWCA."
- From 2001 to 2005, for nonfatal intimate partner victimization, women living in households with lower annual incomes experienced the highest average annual rates of violence
- Source: Bureau of Justice Statistics Intimate Partner Violence in the U.S., "Victim Characteristics," at www.bjs.gov/content/intimate/victims.cfm.