The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation released its latest study into the scope and nature of domestic violence offenses, as reported by Tennessee's law enforcement agencies.
The study utilizes data sent to TBI through the Tennessee Incident Based Reporting System (TIBRS) and includes reported offenses which occurred from 2012 to 2014. Among the report's findings:
- Simple Assault was, by far, the most frequently reported offense, accounting for 68.4% of all domestic violence offenses.
- Females were three times more likely to be victimized than males.
- From 2012 to 2014, victims were six times more likely to be abused by a spouse than an ex-spouse in domestic-related offenses.
- Domestic violence resulted in 270 murder victims during the three-year study period.
- Juveniles accounted for 58.9% of victims reporting a victim-to-offender relationship as child or step-child.
"The issue of domestic violence is, by no means, a novel problem in American society," said TBI Director Mark Gwyn. "The persistence of domestic violence and the large number of related incidents reported to law enforcement necessitates continued awareness about this issue."
The full report is available for review on the TBI's website: http://www.tbi.tn.gov/tn_crime_stats/stats_analys.shtml.