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Domestic violence (DV) in the United States alone affects 32 million Americans annually. From 1997 to 2006, the number of domestic violence cases reported in Florida has declined by 16%. Despite this decrease, domestic violence still remains a significant problem in Florida.

More than 115,000 domestic violence incidents were reported in 2006 and 15% of the state’s 1,129 murders involved domestic violence.

81% of these deaths were women Costs associated with domestic violence exceed an estimated $8.3 billion.

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