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Women Remain at High Risk for Intimate Partner Violence

Domestic violence and intimate partner violence remain an epidemic in the United States. According to a Department of Justice study released Sunday, women in their mid-teens to mid-20’s are three times as likely to be attacked by a significant other than older women. However, middle-aged women between the ages of 35-49 are the most likely to be killed by an intimate partner, such as a husband, boyfriend, or former partner, than younger women. Even more alarming, the DOJ study reports that 1 out of every 10 girls killed between the ages of 12 and 15 dies at the hands of her boyfriend or significant other. In 1999, more than 85% of the 800,000 reports of intimate partner violence where committed against women.

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Department of Justice Press Release, 10/28/01