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Domestic violence line logs 33,000 calls in year

A 24-hour, toll-free hot line offering help to victims of domestic violence has received 33,000 calls since it was established a year ago, Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala said last week.

Women placed 89 percent of the calls, and men placed 11 percent, said an HHS release.

The vast majority were first-time help seekers. Sixty-four percent said they were victims, 19 percent said they were friends or family of victims and 3 percent said they were batterers. The rest were professional service providers and members of the public.

The hot line was established through an HHS grant authorized under the Violence Against Women Act, part of the 1994 crime bill. The number is (800) 799-7233.

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