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Not only are the abusers' friends and colleagues the very people victims would turn to for help, but the abuser is also trained to use a gun, which increases the risk of homicide by 500%.

And for the half of women who manage to leave abusive partners, it's no easy feat.

"I've seen women go a week with a serious injury before getting help," shares the National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence's Deborah Tucker. Many fear triggering an attacker's anger or having a plan to flee foiled.

And it's no wonder: "Women are 70 times more likely to be killed in the two weeks after leaving than at any other time during the relationship," the Domestic Violence Intervention Program reports.

As we say goodbye to summer, I wanted to share the second set of photos we snapped at the beach in July with Abbi (first post with her photos here).

We had so much fun capturing one of our favorite parts of summer – actually being able to get in the ocean (it’s typically freeeeezzzzing out here)!

What we really need to be asking is, 'Why does the abuse keep happening?

The Domestic Violence Intervention Program (DVIP) reports that the FBI "estimates violence will occur during the course of two-thirds of all marriages." Occupation, income level, urban or suburban environment — studies show that none of these factors is an indicator of more or less incidents of domestic abuse.And while 85% of domestic abuse victims are women, the U. Department of Justice's 2000 National Violence Against Women Survey's findings suggest that women's experiences are hardly equal: "Lesbian couples experience less intimate partner violence than do heterosexual couples."And on the flip side, men who endure domestic abuse living with male intimate partners are the victimized male group.Nearly double the percent of cohabitating men reported "being raped, physically assaulted and/or stalked by a male cohabitant" compared to those residing with, or married to, women.Domestic violence is, in many ways, a quiet epidemic.Though in plain sight, victims are often invisible, fearfully denying their situation and hiding behind the facade of a happy home. Every nine seconds, a woman in America is assaulted or beaten, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

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