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SHIELD Events

 1.  A Crime Against Women
 
2.  Vulnerability Factors
 
3.  Physical Injury
 
4.  Murder
 
5.  Under-reporting of Domestic Violence to Police
 6.  To Help Minimize Identity Theft
 7.  Protect Your Child !

 8.  Arizona Sex Offender InfoCenter
 9.  Techno-Cops: Search for Warrant
10.  Arizona Registrar of Contractors Most Wanted
11. 
Drunk Driver Registry
Stop DUI AZ
12.  Statewide Domestic Violence Prevention Campaign Announced


"A Crime Against Women"
  • Although men are more likely to be victims of violent crime overall, a recent study by the U.S. Department of Justice reports that "intimate partner violence is primarily a crime against women"
  • Of those victimized by an intimate partner, 85% are women and 15% are men. In other words, women are 5 to 8 time more likely to be victimized by an intimate partner.
  • The vast majority of domestic assaults are committed by men. Even when men are victimized, 10% are assaulted by another man. In contract, only 2% of women who are victimized are assaulted by another woman.

Vulnerability Factors
  • Women age 16 to 24 are most likely to be victimized by an intimate partner.
  • African-American women experience more domestic violence than White women in the age group of 20-24. However, Black and White women experience the same level of victimization in all other ate categories.
  • Hispanic women are less likely to be victimized than non-Hispanic women in every age group
  • Women are most vulnerable to violence when separated from their intimate partner. The second most vulnerable group are those who are divorced. This can discourage women from leaving their abusive partner out of fear that it will increase their risk of victimization.

Physical Injury
  • Approximately 40-50% of female victims are physically injured when assaulted by their intimate partner accounting for over 300,000 visits to the hospital emergency room each year.
  • Only about 1 in 5 of domestic violence victims with physical injuries seek professional medical treatment.

Murder
  • Women are far more likely than men to be murdered by an intimate partner. Of those murdered by their intimate partner, 74% are women and 26% are men. In other words, nearly 3 out of 4 of the murders committed by intimate partners have a female victim.
  • The FBI reports that between 1976 and 1996, domestic violence claims the lives of more than four women each day.
  • Between 1976 and 1996, there was a "sharp decrease" in the number of men murdered by intimate partners whereas the number of women murdered by an intimate partner remained constant. Some have attributed this to the increasing availability of shelters which provide battered women with options other than killing and abusive partner. It is possible that some women who might have otherwise killed their abuser are able to leave and go to a shelter.

Under-reporting of Domestic Violence to Police
  • Only about half of domestic violence incidents are reported to police.  African-American women are more likely than others to report their victimization to police.
  • The most common reasons for not reporting domestic violence to police are that victims view the incident as a personal or private matter, they fear retaliation from their abuser, and they do not believe that police will do anything about the incident.
  • Even with this drastic under-reporting, domestic violence calls constitute approximately half of all violent crime call to police departments. For example, 49% of the violent crime calls received by the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Department in 2000 were for domestic violence incidents.

To Help Minimize Identity Theft
  • Despite the Popular method, Do NOT sign the back of your credit card but, rather, write on the back of your credit card on the Signature line: Photo ID required . This will require a current Government issue ID, Drivers License, INS card, Passport or other official ID to be presented to use the card.

  •  When ordering your bank checks, use Only your first name initials and your last name. You can still sign your checks with your full name, or your normal signature. Never put your phone number or your social security number on your checks.

  • When staying at a hotel that uses a plastic door key card, Do NOT return the door card key that looks like a credit card to the hotel clerk when you check out to leave. ( That card is disposable, and you already have paid for it, when you checked in).  That card key has  personal data on it about: your home address, your social security number, your date of birth and other information that you want to keep private.

  • Make a photocopy ( front and back ), of the contents of your wallet: (All IDs, Credit Cards, Business Cards of  important contacts other important items), and keep that photocopy at home in a safe place, or in a Safe Deposit Box in a Bank. Do Not keep your or your childrens or relatives social Security Cards in your wallet normally. You Normally Need only The Following: Your Driver License, Car Insurance and Car Registration. Never leave a documents in the car.
If your wallet is stolen or lost, call the 1800 number on the Back of  each one of your credit cards, (you should have a photocopy of all of your credit cards) and cancel the cards. Furthermore, you NEED to immediately call the three credit bureaus in Arizona and advise them of your lost or stolen credit cards.
Those credit bureaus are:

Equifax, 1-800-525-6285
Experian, 1-888-397-3742
TransUnion, 1-800-680-7289

Also, call the Social Security administration fraud line at: 1-800-269-0271, to file a report. ( To Limit Your Liability in case Thief may use Your Social Security Number to rent a car, open new, his credit cards, or by something online).

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