Domestic violence outreach brings certain results | The Augusta Chronicle

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Jun

Domestic violence outreach brings certain results | The Augusta Chronicle

Domestic violence numbers can tell police a lot, but they can’t tell them the number of cases that go unreported – one of the most troubling aspects of the crime.

Georgia has the highest rate of female homicide in the United States.

Locally, Richmond County police respond to about 200 incidents of domestic/family violence every month. As of May 2013, there have been 1,094 cases. In 2012, there were 2,650.

Last week, a report said about one-third of women worldwide have been victims of physical or sexual abuse at the hands of a former or current partner.

Despite outreach and awareness programs, local officials are still struggling to convince victims to come forward.

Since last year, Safe Homes of Augusta has seen a 2 percent increase in victims. There is also an increase in male clients, who accounted for 15 percent of the clientele in 2012.

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