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Statistics on domestic violence are alarming

A few weeks ago we mentioned Georgia's efforts to further protect victims of domestic violence by barring convicted offenders from owning or possessing firearms. Regardless of where you stand on the issue of gun control, the facts are alarming. For example, in 2014, according to the National Coalition against Domestic Violence, two thirds of all domestic violence incidents that ended in death involved a firearm. Furthermore, Georgia ranks ninth in the United States in domestic violence incidences of women killed by men. Overall, in 2013 there were nearly 30,000 victims who sought help at domestic violence service locations.

Nationally, every nine seconds a woman in the United States is beaten or assaulted. Domestic violence causes more injuries to women than car accidents, muggings and rape combined. Every day, on average, more than three women are killed by their boyfriends or husbands. In addition, studies have shown that as many as 10 million children have been the victim of domestic violence as well.

Domestic violence victims are often subjected to immeasurable emotional stress which often leads to decisions based on immediate emotions not looking at the whole picture. While submitting to an abuser may soothe the situation short term; the long-term reality is that this will likely occur again, and could be worse.

Anyone who finds themselves in a domestic violence situation should reach out to local authorities to not only protect themselves in their immediate situation, but to obtain legal documentation proving domestic violence. When entering the process of divorce, proving a history of domestic violence can help with regards obtaining child custody and other considerations.

Source: National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, "WHAT IS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE?" Accessed, May 17, 2017

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