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This evidence photo shows a bruise on the arm of a victim of domestic violence, with a pen on top of her arm to show the scale.

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Domestic violence jumps

Battered women’s shelter full in the face of rising number of women seeking safety

Payson police responded to at least one domestic violence call a day in 2010, according to year-end statistics the department released last week. A growing concern for officers, domestic violence reports and arrests in Payson rose 20 percent last year — the third year of increases as other crimes have fallen. While some blame the economy for the increase in violence, others point to a weak response by the courts or a rise in drug and alcohol abuse.


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