Domestic Violence and instances of law enforcement officers attacked

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The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation released two studies, detailing the nature and extent of domestic violence and instances of law enforcement officers attacked while on duty.

In both studies, the TBI presents data submitted by the state's law enforcement agencies through the Tennessee Incident Based Reporting System (TIBRS).

Among the findings in "Domestic Violence 2013-2015":

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  • A total of 232,031 domestic violence offenses were reported from 2013 to 2015.
  • Simple Assault was, by far, the most frequently reported offense, accounting for 68.1% of all offenses designated as having a domestic violence nexus.
  • From 2013 to 2015, victims were six times more likely to be abused by a Spouse than an Ex-Spouse in domestic offenses.

Among the findings in "Law Enforcement Officers Killed or Assaulted (LEOKA) 2015":

  • The number of LEOKA victims increased slightly, by 1% year-to-year, with 1,757 victims reported in 2015.
  • In 2015, there was one Law Enforcement Officer reported as being feloniously killed in the line of duty.
  • T­he most frequently reported LEOKA offense was Simple Assault at 56.5%.

As with all of its crime publications, the TBI cautions against using the data provided in these reports to compare one jurisdiction to another. The factors impacting crime vary from community to community and accordingly, comparisons are considered neither fair nor accurate.

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Both reports are currently available for review on the TBI's website: www.tn.gov/tbi.

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