October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Even if you don’t consider yourself a victim or a perpetrator, chances are good you know someone who is, or you know someone who is at risk.
A look at domestic violence, by the numbers:
17,839: Number of women and children who requested shelter in Maricopa County during the 2003-04 fiscal year.
3,795: Number of women and children who received shelter in the county during the 2003-04 fiscal year.
9: Number of domestic violence shelters in Maricopa County that account for 325 beds. They were able to shelter just 21 percent of the women and children who needed help.
80: Number of people killed in Arizona last year in domestic violence-related incidents, including children, mothers, uncles, boyfriends, brothers and a young woman who was three months pregnant.
Sarah Upshaw was one of them. Her husband, Hung Van Le, awaits trial in her March 2004 shooting death. The Chandler couple had an infant and a 1-year-old when Upshaw was gunned down as she sat in her car in a Pier 1 Imports parking lot in Scottsdale.
Lorena Flores was stabbed to death in front of her two children in Chandler in September 2004. Her boyfriend, Maximilliano Orozco, then shot himself.
Three of Theresa Borquez’s four children watched as their mother was shot to death last year in their Apache Junction home. The day before, husband Gilbert Borquez had been placed on three years’ probation for domestic violence.
50: Percentage of victims of domestic violence who live in homes with children under 12 years old.
20: Percentage of high school girls who say they have been physically or sexually abused by a date.
40: Percentage of girls ages 14 to 17 who say they know someone their age who has been hit by a boyfriend.
20: Percentage of female homicide victims between 15 and 24 years old.
16 to 24: Age of most likely domestic violence victims, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
7: Arizona’s ranking among all states in the rate of women killed by men. Using 2003 FBI data, the Violence Policy Center releases state-by-state rankings each year to coincide with Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
$1.8 billion: Annual medical cost of caring for battered women.
(800) 235-9678: Community Information and Referral’s 24-hour hotline.
(602) 248-8336: Teen line, to talk with someone about teen dating violence.
(480) 821-1024: My Sister’s Place in Chandler.
(480) 835-5555: Autumn House in Mesa.
(480) 481-0402: Chrysalis shelter in Scottsdale.
1: Number of people who can make a difference in the life of a domestic violence victim.