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Study: Ga. Ranks 6th in men killing women

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Back in March, 54-year-old Anthony Scott of Leesburg was arrested for the murder of his wife Cathy.  He told police he thought she had cheated on him. 

A new poll by the Violence Policy Center says Georgia has the sixth highest rate of that kind of crime, women killed by men.

The data shows 93% of the victims were killed by someone they knew and 63% were wives or intimate acquaintances of the killer.

Licensed psychologist Dr. Cheryl Kaiser says there are multiple reasons why women stay in an abusive relationship, but is the economy to blame for high homicide rates?

"When you're dealing with a bad economy, you're dealing with somebody who has a great deal of stress in their household. Maybe there are losing their house or losing their job and that can lead to anxiety, it can lead to violence and at the worse case it can lead to suicide or homicide," said Dr. Kaiser.

Dr. Kaiser says there is always a way out and a woman should never feel helpless to the point where she can't seek help.

"They need to turn to law enforcement if they need somebody to help with the protection and they need to turn to a professional if they need help with counseling," said Dr. Kaiser.

But one of the most important things Dr. Kaiser said we can do to help stop domestic violence is to educate young people.

"Our youthful population, our children are the most vulnerable members of our society and they need to be instilled with a sense of self-esteem, self-worth and self-value," said Dr. Kaiser.

If you know someone who is in an abusive relationship try to get them help immediately, because the next altercation may be their last.

 If you're being abused or know someone who is, help is available. Call the Liberty House Crisis Line at 439-7065

Here is a link to the Violence Policy Center report: http://www.vpc.org/studies/wmmw2011.pdf

 

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