Summing Up Domestic Abuse

Domestic abuse is a major public-health problem, due to its affecting more than 2 million women and 800,000 men and resulting in homelessness of victims, billions of dollars in health-care, and lost work productivity. While domestic abuse strikes couples of all races, religions, social economic status, and sexual orientations. Risk factors for men or women becoming victims or abusers include poverty, lack of a high school education, witnessing family violence as a child, and attitudes of male domination and substance abuse, especially alcohol abuse.
 
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