Domestic Violence in Ohio

Domestic violence in OhioDomestic violence is a serious concern in our country.  It happens every day and can be brutal.  Men and women both experience abuse that spans from yelling, to beating, and even murder in some circumstances.  We hear people say “Well, why don’t they just leave the abuser?” Rarely is it as simple as leaving.  There is always a fear factor, many times controlling issues, sometimes children are involved, financial concerns, housing concerns, and the common occurrence of the abuser following the abused person wherever they go.  It can be very difficult to sever the relationship and disappear without any serious consequences for the victims to suffer.

The statistics on the subject are astounding:

  • Every 9 seconds in the US a woman is assaulted or beaten.
  • Around the world, at least one in every three women has been beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused during her lifetime. Most often, the abuser is a member of her own family.
  • Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women—more than car accidents, muggings, and rapes combined.
  • Studies suggest that up to 10 million children witness some form of domestic violence annually.
  • Nearly 1 in 5 teenage girls who have been in a relationship said a boyfriend threatened violence or self-harm if presented with a breakup.
  • Everyday in the US, more than three women are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends.
  • Ninety-two percent of women surveyed listed reducing domestic violence and sexual assault as their top concern.
  • Domestic violence victims lose nearly 8 million days of paid work per year in the US alone—the equivalent of 32,000 full-time jobs.
  • Based on reports from 10 countries, between 55 percent and 95 percent of women who had been physically abused by their partners had never contacted non-governmental organizations, shelters, or the police for help.
  • The costs of intimate partner violence in the US alone exceed $5.8 billion per year: $4.1 billion are for direct medical and health care services, while productivity losses account for nearly $1.8 billion.
  • Men who as children witnessed their parents’ domestic violence are twice as likely to abuse their own wives than sons of nonviolent parents.

There are several legal devices and strategies for exiting an abusive relationship.  It may be too difficult to do it on your own—you are likely going to need legal counseling as well as other counseling.

If you or someone you know if the victim of domestic violence, please contact the Ohio law firm of  Slater & Zurz LLP by calling 1-800-297-9191 or send us a blog message to schedule a time to talk. We can guide you and support you through the process of becoming independent and safe.  We will help you and your children get back on your feet and provide you with the knowledge you need to get your family to safety.

To learn more about domestic violence and family law issues, please visit


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Slater & Zurz LLP is an Ohio law firm of highly experienced and respected attorneys. Over the last 40 years, we have developed a reputation for getting positive results for clients. We've been trusted with handling over 20,000 personal injury cases and our clients have received more than $120,000,000.

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