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Sondra Fronimo, LPC-S
Executive Director

When people hear the words Domestic Violence they immediately think of bruises and black eyes. There’s just more to it. Victims live every day feeling helpless and hopeless and have a sense that they can’t do anything right.

Domestic Violence Myths

The facts: Nearly 25% – the percentage of women in the U.S. who will be abused at some point in their lives by a current or former partner. 52% – the percentage of murdered women in the United States who were killed by a current or former partner.

The facts: 23% – the percentage of pregnant women seeking prenatal care who are battered women 22-35% – the percentage of women seeking emergency room care for any reason who are battered women $4.1 billion – the direct costs associated with medical and mental health care for battered women

The facts: 45-59% – the percentage of mothers of abused children who are battered women 63% – the percentage of boys, ages 11 to 20, who have been arrested for homicide, who murdered their mother’s abuser 80% – the percentage of runaways who are fleeing violent homes 70% – the percentage of men in court-ordered domestic violence treatment who witnessed it as a child

The facts: $3 - $5 billion – the amount employers lose each year due to the absenteeism, lower productivity, higher turnover, and health and safety costs associated with battered workers 1,750,000 – the number of workdays lost each year due to domestic violence $67 billion – the total annual cost of domestic violence to United states employers

Fact: Domestic Violence is a societal issue that affects each of us in our homes, neighborhoods, and workplaces.