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In the United States:
  • Every 9 seconds a woman is beaten.

  • Every 3 minutes a woman is raped.

  • Only 1 out of every 10 victims of domestic violence report the incident.

  • Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women between the ages of 15 and 44.

  • Domestic violence is the number-one cause of emergency room visits by women.

  • Currently there are 2,000 battered women in America who are serving prison time for defending their lives against their batterers.

  • One-third of women who are physically abused by a husband or boyfriend grew up in a household where this happened to their mother. About one in five were abused themselves as a child or teenager

  • Thirty percent of American women report that they have been physically abused by their husband or boyfriend at one time or another.

  • The Bureau of National Affairs estimates that domestic violence costs American businesses $3 billion to $5 billion each year in absenteeism, lower productivity, higher turnover, and health care and safety costs.

  • In one study, 74% of employed abused women were harassed at work by their abuser over the phone or in person - causing 56% of them to be late for work at least five times a month, 28% to leave early at least five days a month, and 54% to miss at least three full days of work a month.

  • Americans estimate that half of all men, on average, have physically abused their wives or girlfriends at one time or another.

  • Thirty-eight percent of Americans agree "some wives provoke their husbands into physically abusing them".

  • There are nearly three times as many animal shelters in the U.S. as shelters for battered women.

In Arizona:
  • Deaths related to domestic violence numbered 90 in 2001.

  • Arizona ranked eighth nationwide in 2001 in the number of women killed by men, with 54 deaths.

  • Every 5 minutes a law enforcement officer responds to a domestic violence call.

  • 23,446 women and children requested shelter; shelter was available to 16,126 women and children, 69% at the time of the request. (2000)

  • Last year left 17,000 women and children in Arizona trying to find a place to escape from their abusers.

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