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What is the cost of Domestic Violence?

This question is very important and needs to be answered.  Having said that, calculating, tallying and figuring it out is very difficult.  Domestic Violence is multi-faceted and involves a wide range of  areas.  A recent article written by Transforming Communities (click here for full article http://www.transformcommunities.org/cdvp/CDVP_4c.html )   explores the costs of Domestic Violence, both direct and indirect.  

 Financially speaking, the cost of domestic violence is nearly $67 billion per year,  which is roughly 15% of total U.S. crime costs.

And then there is the statistic on approximately how many are effected by Domestic Violence:

“An estimated 5.3 million intimate partner violence victimizations (IPV) occur among U.S. women ages 18 and older each year. This violence results in nearly two million injuries, more than 550,000 of which require medical attention. In addition, IPV victims lose a total of nearly eight million days of paid work – the equivalent of more than 32,000 full-time jobs – and nearly 5.6 million days of household productivity as a result of the violence”, according to The Prevalence of Domestic Violence in California by Alicia Bugarin.

To see these numbers in print is mind-boggling.  Millions and billions…. How did we get here?  How will we stop it?  A Woman’s Place has remained diligent in its mission to:

1) Enhance safety for victims, families, and communities;
2) Secure  justice for victims;
3) Engage the community and building its capacity to respond to and prevent domestic    
     abuse and violence, and;
4) Work to change institutions, systems, and individual practices that condone and
     perpetuate violence and abuse since 1976

AWP is extremely dedicated to this mission, and have recently launched our “A Difference In A Day – Campaign 2010”.  Our goal is bold – to raise $65,000 in individual donations by June 30, 2010. The money raised through the campaign will go directly into our various programs and services for victims of domestic violence, their children, and the community.  Meeting this goal can only happen with the help of you, the supporter. As April 15th comes and goes and you begin to get your tax returns, we ask that you keep AWP in mind. With a one-time gift of $50 or more from you and each one of our donors, we can meet our goal! It’s as easy as visiting our Web site at www.awomansplace.org and clicking on the “Donate Now” button to make a safe and secure donation. Every gift makes a difference.

 We are grateful for your support and are excited to have you join us in the charge to create a social change that will one day make way for a world where every individual feels safe around those they love.

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