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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE Found at the scene of the crime two dead bodies stabbed brutally andleft to die at their house This was the story that shocked the country in 1991 This wasthe start of the OJ Simpson domestic abuse case that is still going on todayUnfortunately events like this happen many times over everyday in many setting all overthe United states however the victims of the other cases dont get nearly as muchpublicitySome facts about domestic abuse An average of nine out of 10 women have to be turned away from shelterson The reason so few cases get assigned initially is the police usuallydont have enough officers to meet the demand At the Portland Womens Crisis Line where calls have doubled since thekillings of Nicole Simpson and Ronald Goldman they welcome the increased attention From July 19through March 31 1993 a total of 3665 domestic violencecases were reviewed in Portland Oregon Of those only 281 cases resulted in some actiontaken against the accused abuser Some of this is because there is not enough police butit is mostly because the abused person is scaredfor the last six months of 1993 and the first three months of 1994 Portland averaged about1000 calls each month or 12000 calls a year In January 1992 30 criminal domestic violence complaints were issuedFor January 1994 the number was more than 100 Nationally estimates range from 2 to 4 million women assaults eachyear Some studies show that 20 to 30 percent of allwomen who seek help at hospital emergency rooms are there because of domestic violenceKyra Woods never made it to the emergency room Whoever killed her saw to that Shesuffered 13 stab wounds to the back five of them so violent the knife came out the otherside of her bodyWoods mother Mable and two aunts wept quietly in a back row of the courtroom as theprosecution argued against bail for Woods former boyfriend Jackson Rod Underhill theprosecutor painted a
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