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Battering is the major cause of  injury to women, resulting in more  injuries than auto accidents, muggings  and rapes combined. An act of adult domestic violence occurs every 15 seconds, more frequently than any other crime in the U.S.  

In 1995, the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services received 87,591 police reports of family offence (including spouse and child abuse).  An adult female was the victim in 59% of these offences.  One-half of all violent crimes committed by relatives involve spouses and ex-spouses.  Three in four attacks involve persons who are divorced or separated.  Almost one in five reported domestic violence assaults involves the use of a weapon. Thirty percent of women murdered in the U.S. in 1992 were murdered by a husband or boy friend.

His translates into the death of four women per day at the hands of male partners.  One in five women victimized by their spouse or ex-spouse reported that they had been a victim of a series of at least three assaults in the last six months. Research suggests that as many as 74% of working battered women are harassed by their abusive partners on the job and, of them, each year, 45% miss at least 18 days of work; 56% are late for work on at least 60 days; and 28% leave early on at least 60 days.

Another study found that 20% of working battered women lose their jobs altogether. All information above was found on the website for the New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence. www.opdv.state.ny.us   
Extract de  GREENLINE  The North Brooklyn Community News   October 2000  NEW YORK.      

The New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence was created as an independent statutory state agency through the passage of Chapter 463 of the Laws of 1992. The goals of OPDV are:

ˇ        to provide direction to the Governor and the Legislature on statewide domestic violence policy and legislation;

ˇ        to act as an advocate for domestic violence services and victims;

ˇ        to promote and facilitate interagency cooperation among state agencies and interdepartmental cooperation between different levels of government in the state in the delivery and/or funding of services;

ˇ        to promote effective cross-systems' responses to domestic violence through centralized training, technical assistance and policy development and implementation; and

ˇ        to conduct statewide community outreach and public education