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Facts and Figures

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Percent of middle-class divorces in which violence is stated as a reason


1,500
Number of shelters for battered women in the United States in 1990

3,800
Number of animal shelters in the United States in 1990

117
Percent by which the number of domestic violence reports received increased from 1983 to 1991

$3-$5 billion
Amount of medical expenses each year from domestic violence

$100 million
Amount businesses lose each year in lost wages, sick leave, absenteeism and nonproductivity due to domestic violence

SOURCES: ELCA COMMISSION FOR WOMEN, 2000; U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, 1994; N.Y. STATE DIVISION OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE SERVICES; COLORADO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE COALITION, 1991


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