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New Research Sheds Light On Status Of Ohio Women

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An annual survey by the Ohio Domestic Violence Network finds 81 Ohioans died in 60 domestic violence confrontations during the 12-month period ending June 30, including 53 victims and 28 perpetrators. 

There was a history of abuse in 83 percent of cases where a woman killed a man. The victim had ended or was trying to end the relationship in 35 percent of the cases. Five involved custody disputes. Guns caused 73 percent of the fatalities. One-third involved a suicide, including 14 murder-suicides. Police killed perpetrators in four cases. No officers were killed for the first time in four years. Meanwhile, the status of Ohio women varies by county, according to a first-of-its-kind analysis by the non-partisan Center for Community Solutions. The organization examined data from all 88 counties in key areas of life, including health, economic status and educational attainment. Spokesperson Melissa Federman:

Federman says the highest median earned income by Ohio women is roughly 56 thousand dollars in Delaware County. There are major disparities by county in the diagnosis of late-stage cervical cancer, women in STEM careers, and teen birth rates: 

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Federman says less than one-third of local elected officials are women, nearly 20 counties lack community health centers, and women of child-bearing age most likely to live in poverty.

Jim has been with WCBE since 1996. Before that he worked as a reporter at another Columbus radio station, and for three newspapers in Southwest Florida.
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