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      CCAFV: Family Violence Statistics
  Startling Statistics Tell the Story
It starts with abuse and too often ends in murder. Domestic violence is a pervasive and pernicious crime. It's particularly heinous because history shows it is passed from one generation to the next.

Here are the facts in Central Ohio:

In 2009, the Columbus Division of Police went on approximately 7,000 domestic violence runs.

In 2009, the Columbus Division of Police made approximately 3,000 domestic violence arrests.

In 2009, there were more than 4,040 domestic violence cases prosecuted in Franklin County Municipal Court.

In 2009, 6,435 child abuse cases were investigated. 19.6% (approx. 1,262) of those were substantiated in Franklin County.

CHOICES, a local domestic violence organization, receives 9,000-10,000 domestic violence calls annually on their 24 hr hotline.

Nearly one-third of the Franklin County Municipal Court arraignment docket is spent on the crime of domestic violence.

Facts around the country:

Child abuse is 15 times more likely to occur in families where domestic violence exists.

Two-thirds of Americans say they know a woman who has been physically abused by her intimate partner in the past year.

Women are more likely to be assaulted and injured, raped or killed by a current or ex-partner than by all other types of assailants combined.

95% of all domestic violence is male to female.

70% of intimate homicide victims are female.

Approximately 4% of older adults living in private homes reported experiencing abuse or neglect.

85% of female prisoners come from homes in which domestic violence occurred.

75% of employed victims are harassed on the job by their abusive partners.

One in four American women will be physically abused by an intimate partner at some point in their lives.

Women of all races are equally vulnerable to violence by an intimate partner.

Employers lose 175,000 days each year because of domestic violence.

Boyfriends and partners commit 13,000 acts of violence against women in the workplace each year.

Sources: Columbus Division of Police, Columbus City Attorney, CHOICES eliminating domestic violence, Ohio Department of Human Services Report, Browne, Lieberman Research Inc., AMA, Bureau of Justice Statistics, National Survey on Abuse of the Elderly, National Safe Workplace Initiative, Family Violence Prevention Fund, Roper Starch Worldwide, Personnel Journal (now Workforce Magazine)

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