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More than 9,000 women visited prefectural counseling centers across Japan to seek advice on domestic violence in fiscal 2000, surpassing the number that sought counseling on divorce, according to a government survey released this week.

The Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry survey — the first to include a separate category for domestic violence — showed that 9,176 consultations on domestic violence were made at 47 women’s counseling centers in the year ending March 31, accounting for some 16.7 percent of all 54,835 consultations.

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