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September, 2004

At least one woman is battered every fifteen seconds.
U.S. Department of Justice. Federal Bureau of Investigation. 1991.

Nearly 1 in 3 adult women experience at least one physical assault by a partner during adulthood.
American Psychological Association. Violence and the Family: Report of the American Psychological Association Presidential Task Force on Violence and the Family. 1996.

During the 6 months following an episode of domestic violence, 32% of battered women are victimized again.
Bureau of Justice Statistics. Preventing Domestic Violence Against Women. 1986.

Women separated from their husbands were three times more likely to be victimized by spouses than divorced women, and 25 times more likely to be victimized by spouses than married women.
U.S. Department of Justice Statistics, Bureau of Justice Statistics. Special Report. 1995.

15-50% of abused women report interference from their partner with education, training, or work.
Raphael and Tolman. Trapped by Poverty, Trapped by Abuse: New Evidence Documenting the Relationship between Domestic Violence and Welfare. 1997.

Each year, an estimated 3.3 million children are exposed to violence by family members against their mother or female caretakers.
American Psychological Association. Violence and the Family. 1996.

40-60% of men who abuse women also abuse children.
American Psychological Association. Violence and the Family. 1996.

In homes where partner abuse occurs, children are 1,500 times more likely to be abused.
U.S. Department of Justice Statistics, Bureau of Justice Assistance. Family Violence: Interventions for the Justice System. 1993.

In one study, nearly half of the victims who obtained a protection order were reabused within two years.
Buzawa and Buzawa (eds.). Do Arrests and Restraining Orders Work? 1996.

The prevalence of domestic violence among gay and lesbian couples is approximately 25-33%.
Barnes. "It's Just a Quarrel." American Bar Association. February 1998.

Each year, medical expenses from domestic violence total at least $3 to $5 billion. Businesses forfeit another $100 million in lost wages, sick leave, absenteeism, and non-productivity.
Stark and Flitcraft. General Facts about Domestic Violence. 1998. http://home.cybergirl.com/dv/stat/_statgen.html

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