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, approved the study last week and it will be heard by the Human Services committee in the fall.
Floyd said “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. Floyd said her “intent with this study is to bring all interested parties to the table to discuss domestic violence and identify what the legislature can do to address this serious issue.” The Bureau of Justice Statistics on Intimate Partner Violence in the U.S. reports that 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, according to the YWCA Oklahoma City's report “Fast Facts on Violence & the YWCA.”