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Study: Violence Against Women Costs Tennessee $880 Million Annually

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP)--A study by the Tennessee Economic Council on Women says violence against women in Tennessee costs the state more than $880 million each year. 

The total includes costs from both private and public entities across the state as a result of domestic violence, human sex trafficking and sexual assaults. Tax dollars and health care payment were a bulk of the cost, but charity, lost wages and workplace expenses also were included.

The report also cites the impact these crimes had on children. The study found women who were victims of domestic violence and sexual violence likely influenced the needs of kids who received a majority of Children's Services spending last year. 
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