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The reality of domestic violence is chilling...
Domestic violence is the leading cause of death for pregnant women.
More women are injured by their partners than by muggings, auto accidents and rape combined.
4 women are murdered every day in the U.S. by their partner.
Around the world, 1 out of 3 women, at a minimum, has been beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused.
Close to half of all girls aged 14 to 17 know someone their age who has been hit or beaten by a boyfriend.
As many as 10 million children witness one or more acts of domestic violence in their homes each year in the U.S.
In homes where adult domestic violence occurs, children are 1,500 times more likely to also be abused.
Domestic violence cost approximately $8.8 billion per year in 'hard' costs: health care; police and judicial intervention; lost work days; other related expenses.
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