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Key stats about domestic violence

Domestic violence is one of those things that can often make you feel like you're alone. However, this is very far from the truth, as domestic violence is unfortunately very common in Georgia and all over the United States. Below are a few key stats that you should know.

1. Women in the United States are subjected to physical abuse every nine seconds.

2. An estimated 3.3 million children witness violence against a female caretaker—often the child's mother—every year.

3. Many men who abuse women do not stop there, but also abuse their children. Estimates range from 40 to 60 percent.

4. Twenty percent of teen girls, when asked, said that they'd been told by a partner that they'd be hurt or that the partner would hurt himself if the couple broke up.

5. Though men can also be victims, and they are every year, the percentages are still heavily in favor of women, as 90 to 95 percent of victims are female.

6. Every year, workers in the United States end up missing 175,000 days of work because of violence in the home.

7. The majority of the female victims in domestic incidents are between 20 years old and 24 years old.

8. When women are murdered, estimates indicate that between 40 percent and 70 percent of them were in abusive relationships and were killed by their significant others.

As you can see, domestic violence is incredibly common, and you are not alone. If you're being victimized, you need to know what legal options you have and what steps you can take to protect yourself and your children.

Source: Domestic Shelters, "Domestic Violence Statistics," accessed March 18, 2016

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