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Domestic violence has been around for as long as many cultures can remember, however, that's not an excuse for its continu*****ce. Although some see women and children as mere property, their rights and safety should be protected. Whether they suffer from physical, sexual or emotional abuse, thankfully there are an increasing number of programs for these victims to turn to. These programs work hard to take the steps necessary for America to become a domestic violence-free society.

Stopping Domestic Violence in *****

***** domestic violence is *****ten thought of ***** terms of physical ***** or even sexual violence, it goes beyond that, beyond the cuts, the bruises, the scrapes, the broken bones; it's a control issue. "***** violence is a pattern of coercive ***** that one person exercises over another in order to dominate and get ***** way." ("Voices Set Free," n.d.) In addition ***** physical ***** ***** abuse, it can, and often does, include ***** abuse. It's an epidemic *****, although ***** been brought to the attention of the public in recent decades, has been occurring throughout the ages.

Due to ***** nature ***** domestic violence, *****d the secrecy that surrounds it in many cases, concrete statistics are *****times difficult to come by. ***** a Department of Justice report, in 1998, it was estimated ***** ********** were 960,000 *****cidents of violence perpetrated by a spouse or signifi*****t other, while a Commonwe*****lth Fund report, for the same time period, stated that approximately 3 million ***** were physically *****d. This same report noted ***** a spouse or significant ***** at some point in their lives had abused approxim*****ely 31 percent of American women. And, Lieberman Research discovered that 30 ***** of ********** knew someone who ***** been abused by their ***** or ***** other. (As cited in "Get the Facts," 2003)

Tragically, the violence ***** escalates to homicide when a woman stays in an abusive relationship and there is no intervention. Statistics show that current ***** past intimate partners murder nearly three women every day. Over 1,200 women were murdered in 2000 by ***** current or previous spouse ***** significant other. ***** accounted for more than a third of all murders of *****, during this same time frame. (As ***** in "Get the Facts," 2003)

***** most people understand the harm that comes to women who are ***** victims of domestic *****, their children are victims too, even if ***** weren't the direct abusee.

The trauma *****y suffer in witnessing the violence is very real and can affect their entire lives. Children who are raised in a violent home have ch*****enges in every aspect ***** growth ***** development. They are likely to have difficulties in ********** relationships with other *****, and ***** much more likely to fail academically. Health problems are a common symptom of violence in ***** child's home, and these health ***** can last their ***** life.

***** one bright spot in this depressing scenario is the ***** awareness and number of programs for victims of domestic *****.

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