12:56 PM EDT, October 26, 2011
State: From July 2009 to June 2010, 38 people were killed in domestic violence incidents in Maryland, including seven in Anne Arundel County, two in Prince George's County, two in Montgomery County, and one in Howard County. Eighteen of the 38 were females: 10 were killed by boyfriends, seven by ex-boyfriends and one by a relative. Eighteen of the 38 were males: Five were killed by an intimate partner or ex-girlfriend; five committed suicide after killing or attempting to murder a girlfriend; three were killed by wives or ex-wives; two were killed by police after murdering or attempting to murder a girlfriend; one was killed by a girlfriend; one was killed by an ex-girlfriend; one was killed by a relative. Two of the 38 were children; both were killed by their fathers. Twenty-five of the 38 were killed by a firearm.
Prince George's County: Domestic violence deaths dropped from 13 in 2005 to eight in 2009 and two in 2010; 5,141 peace order cases were filed in fiscal year 2010; 3,296 temporary orders were granted; 1,499 protective orders were granted; 300 cases were transferred to Circuit Court.
Nation: Every nine seconds, a woman is assaulted or beaten in the United States. Every day, more than three women are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends. Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women, higher than muggings, car accidents and rapes combined. Domestic violence costs $4.1 billion annually in health-care costs and $1.8 billion in lost productivity. Domestic violence victims lose 8 million hours of work annually, the equivalent of 32,000 full-time jobs. Ten million children witness some form of domestic violence.
Sources: Domestic Violence Statistics, Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence and Prince George's County State's Attorney's Office
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