Violence-related trauma was responsible for 308,200 hospitalizations in 2005 at a cost of $2.3 billion, the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) reveals in its latest snapshot of statistics. That's an increase of 24,000 over the number in 2002. The AHRQ says about two-thirds of violence-related hospital patients had attempted suicide or intentionally injured themselves, and more than half of those had overdosed or mixed drugs. About 31% of patients were victims of attempted murder, fights, rape, or other assaults, and 4% were victims of sexual or other abuse, it said. Children accounted for just over half of all abuse cases, with one-third of them victims of neglect, physical or psychological abuse, or battery, such as shaken child syndrome.
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