Domestic Violence on the Rise

Domestic Violence on the Rise

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Stacey Butler ReportingAs the temperature rises, so does the number of domestic violence cases. Just today, Salt Lake County recorded three more. It's a growing problem that polls show is now a number one concern among women.

Shelters like the YWCA are so full they are having to find other places for women to go. The problem isn't a new one but it is growing. And now a recent poll shows that women rate domestic violence as their number one concern--above pay equity and childcare. And Salt Lake County Prosecutors say they have good reason to.

A woman was shot and killed by her husband this weekend in Clinton. Three more domestic violence cases were filed just today. Recently the Utah Domestic Violence LINK line experienced a 22% increase in domestic calls.

The YWCA didn't have the room to shelter 344 women for the fiscal year that just ended last month. Compare that to 214 the year before and just 47 three years ago. And summer is their busiest time.

Domestic murders account for one third of all homicides. Every year four thousand women are killed in a domestic violence dispute.

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