Allan Hoffman (second from right) and Robert Weissinger, presenters at the Samara Domestic Violence Prevention conference, listen to opening remarks during the event.
, professor and dean of Des Moines University's College of Health Sciences
and director of the Center for the Prevention of Community Violence
in Des Moines, Iowa, shared domestic violence statistics and trends with attendees during his
presentation on developing an appropriate response to domestic violence.Noting that spousal or partner abuse-from physical to emotional to sexual to psychological-is the most unreported crime in many countries, Hoffman
provided several characteristics exhibited by victims of abuse and abusers.
Emphasizing the need to change social perceptions of domestic violence from a private issue to public policy, Hoffman
encouraged coordinated responses and cooperation between community stakeholders-physicians, psychologists, legal professionals, and religious leaders, for example-to address domestic violence and the needs of victims.