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Domestic Violence Services


Domestic Violence in the United States
Within the last decade, family violence has seen an increase in public and media attention. As a result, it now presents the criminal justice system with a major challenge. Family violence is not solely a law enforcement problem nor is it a problem restricted to the criminal justice system. Responding effectively to family violence requires a coordinated and integrated response from many different groups and social agencies.

Within the United States:
  • One-third of all female homicide victims are killed by their husband or boyfriend.
  • 85% of domestic violence victims are women.
  • 30% to 60% of perpetrators of intimate partner violence also abuse children in the household.
  • Intimate partner violence results in more than 18.5 million mental health care visits each year.
  • Intimate partner violence exceeds $5.8 billion each year.
  • Females who are 20-24 years of age are at the greatest risk of nonfatal intimate partner violence.

    (Statistics taken from )

    For more information, contact Roanoke Police Domestic Violence Specialist P.J. Gold at (540) 853-6889 or the Domestic Violence Frank Leftwich or Detective Aneudys Perez. Both can be reached by calling 540-853-2212.


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