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Recent reports indicate that rates of reported domestic violence incidents are on the rise.
Many point to the economic recession as a factor causing the spike, such as the Mary Kay Ash Charitable Foundation which found that 75 percent of domestic violence shelters in the U.S. reported an increase in women seeking help since September. The report concluded that 73 percent of these shelters attribute this rise to financial issues.
The National Domestic Violence Hotline measured an increase in calls of 21 percent during the third quarter of 2008.
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