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Sources: 74% of all Texans will experience domestic violence or will know someone who has – 2002 statewide polling conducted by the Texas Council on Family Violence. www.tcfv.org. 1 in 10 children have seen one parent assault another - U.S. Department of Justice. www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs. 1 in 4 women will experience sexual violence – National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, 2010 Summary Report. www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention. U.S. economy loses $8.3 billion annually due to domestic violence - Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence. www.caepv.org. (Max W, Rice DP, Finkelstein E, Bardwell RA, Leadbetter S. The economic toll of intimate partner violence against women in the United States. Violence and Victims 2004;19(3):259-72.) 99% of all cases of domestic violence include financial abuse - Adams, A. E., Sullivan, C. M., Bybee, D., & Greeson, M. R. (2008). Development of the Scale of Economic Abuse. Violence Against Women, 14(5), 563. Access to legal services is statistically proven to be the only social service that decreases family violence in the long-term - A. Farmer and l. Tiefenthaler,"Explaining the Recent Decline in Domestic Violence," Contemporary Economic Policy, April 2003, vol. 21, pp158-172. Studies show women who talk to their healthcare provider about abuse are 2.6 times more likely to exit the abusive relationship. - McCloskey, L. A., Lichter, E., Williams, C., Gerber, M., Wittenberg, E., & Ganz, M. (2006). Assessing intimate partner violence in health care settings leads to women's receipt of interventions and improved health. Public health reports (Washington, D.C. : 1974), 121(4), 435–444. www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov We found that having a permanent protection order in effect was associated with a statistically significant 80% reduction in police- reported physical violence in the 12 months after an IPV incident.- Civil Protection Orders and Risk of Subsequent Police-Reported Violence. Journal of the American Medical Association, August 7, 2002--vol. 288, no. 5, pp 589-94 (2002)