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One out of four women will be assaulted by a man, one in five will be raped, and one-third of women who are victims of homicide will be killed by an intimate partner. Almost three-quarters (73%) of women who are victims of sexual violence are victimized by someone known to them. It is estimated that domestic violence occurs in approximately 25-33% of same-sex relationships. Boys who witness their fathers' violence are 10 times more likely to engage in spouse abuse in later adulthood than boys from non-violent homes. Somewhere in America a woman is battered, usually by her intimate partner, every 15 seconds. A study reported in the New York Times suggests that one in five adolescent girls become the victims of physical or sexual violence, or both, during dating relationships.
Real men don't hit. Men can end violence against women. If you're involved in an abusive relationship, call your local department of social services, the police, or a local women's shelter, or call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1−800−799−SAFE(7233).