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Domestic violence is a major issue

It's easy to dismiss domestic violence issues as he-said-she-said situations or something that only happens in certain areas or income levels, but this just isn't true. Domestic violence is a pervasive issue in our society and is not limited to sex, race, socioeconomic status. Understanding the seriousness of domestic violence and the negative effects it can have long after the victim has escaped the abuser is important to fixing this problem.

According to statistics released from the Georgia Commission on Family Violence, more than 100 Georgia residents are killed every year in domestic violence-related attacks. Hundreds more die every year across the country at the hands of those who were supposed to love and protect them. The Centers for Disease Control reports that recent numbers show that approximately 1 in 3 women aged 14 to 44 have experienced at least one domestic violence incident. Even more startling, the Federal Bureau of Investigation says that every nine seconds a woman is beaten somewhere in the country.

When victims are still in these situations, they can experience extreme anxiety and depressions in addition to the physical injuries they suffer. Many victims never make it away from their abusers permanently. However, all of this does not magically go away even if the victim does seek help and is able to break contact with the abuser. Victims can go on to be involved in other abusive relationships, have a higher risk of suicide and face the possibility of developing post-traumatic stress disorder.

There are many different organizations and resources available for domestic violence victims in Georgia. However, it's also important to take the necessary legal precautions to set up restraining, protective or no-contact orders.

Source: Women's Resource Center to End Domestic Violence, "Domestic Violence," accessed Dec. 18, 2015

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