Ask any policeman in Howard County what type of call is the most dangerous and I will bet you that the majority will answer the domestic violence call. The facts below show its impact on our Country:
- More than 1.35 million people accessed domestic violence victim services in 2005.
- 1 in 4 women report experiencing domestic violence in their lifetimes.
- Over $5.8 billion each year is spent on health-related costs of domestic violence
- Nearly 8 million days of paid work each year is lost due to domestic violence issues-the equivalent of more than 32,000 full-time jobs.
- 96% of domestic violence victims who are employed experience problems at work due to abuse.
- 33% of all police time is spent responding to domestic disturbance calls.
- 57% of cities cite domestic violence against women and children as the top cause of homelessness.
- 84% of spouse abuse victims are women.
October is Domestic Violence Month
The Domestic Violence Center of Howard County (DVC) will host a Candlelight Vigil on Wednesday, October 17, 2012 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the North Laurel Community Center, 9411 Whiskey Bottom Road in Laurel, Maryland. Doors open at 6:45 for refreshments and registration.