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Key domestic violence statistics and facts

One of the most difficult topics to discuss may be abuse and violence within intimate relationships. Sadly, reports of domestic violence have only increased over time and do not show signs of decreasing. California residents who are struggling with this serious problem are not alone in their suffering and can reach out for assistance.

According to recent statistics, an estimated 20 victims suffer abuse every minute of the day. This equates to approximately 10 million women and men suffering harm in one year's time. An estimated one out every four women and one out of every seven men will become a victim of serious physical abuse as a result of an intimate relationship in their lifetimes. In addition, an estimated 25 percent of women and 5 percent of men have been the victim of a stalker to the point that they feared for their safety or the safety of their loved ones.

If a handgun is in the home, the chances of domestic abuse becoming fatal purportedly increases by an estimated 500 percent. Domestic violence accounts for nearly 15 percent of all violent crimes. Of those who suffer physical injuries due to partner violence, only 34 percent will seek medical care.

Along with the terrible physical and emotional damage that these victims endure, domestic violence takes a significant economic toll as well. The cost of intimate violence is reportedly $8.3 billion a year. It is estimated that between 21 and 60 percent of victims will lose their employment as result of their abusive relationships. California residents who are experiencing these terrifying circumstances can seek legal protections from their abusers. An experienced attorney can provide guidance in how to lawfully secure one's safety.

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