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A look at domestic violence statistics

It is unfortunate that in the United States millions of Americans fall victim to domestic violence every year. And, the actual statistics can be staggering. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, as many as 20 people per minute are physically abused in the United States, which leads to more than 10 million cases each year.

Approximately one in five women and one in seven men have been a victim of a form of severe physical violence, and as many as one in three women and one in four men will fall victim to at least some form of physical domestic violence in their lifetime. These instances lead to over 8 million days of paid work lost each year by United States employees, costing over $8.3 billion dollars each year.

Although domestic violence remains a serious issue throughout the U.S., it is also important to recognize that there are instances of false claims. Such claims may be made by a spouse to shame or falsely report domestic violence in an effort to influence courts. Such decisions can lead to lifelong ramifications.

Not only can a guilty verdict cost serious fines and substantial prison time, but may also affect your relationship with your child. If you believe you were falsely accused of domestic violence, it may be in your best interests to get more information about criminal defense options to ensure that your rights are protected and that you are not falsely convicted of a domestic violence charge in Maryland.

Source: National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, "National Statistics,"" Accessed on Nov. 22, 2016

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