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MYTH: Domestic violence is rare.

FACT: Domestic violence affects 1 out of 4 women at some point during her lifetime. Men can also be victims of domestic violence, but women make up about 97% of domestic violence survivors. Domestic violence happens equally in heterosexual and homosexual relationships.

MYTH: Domestic violence is not a serious problem in the U.S. or in Georgia.

FACT:Battering is the single largest cause of injury to women in the United States over mugging, automobile accidents and rape, combined. (NCADV 2003). In 2009, Georgia was rated the 10th highest in the nation for the rate at which men kill women. In 2010, Georgia mourned at least 130 domestic violence related deaths.

MYTH: Couples counseling is the solution for domestic violence.

FACT: Couples counseling is NOT recommended for couples trying to end the violence in their relationships due to the power and control underlying the violence. GCADV recommends that abusers attend a state certified family violence intervention program and survivors seek assistance from a domestic violence advocate.

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