JUNE 12, 12:59 EDTStatistics on Domestic Violence
By The Associated Press
National statistics on domestic violence trends are scarce, but some are available. The Bureau of Justice Statistics reports:
In 1996, just over 1,800 murders were attributable to intimates meaning current or former spouses, boyfriends or girlfriends. Nearly three in four had a female victim.
About 30 percent of women who are murdered are killed by intimates.
As overall crime has declined, the number of female victims of non-lethal intimate violence has declined. In 1996, about 840,000 women were raped, assaulted or robbed, down from 1.1 million in 1993.
About half of incidents experienced by women are reported to police. Those who do not report most commonly say that they thought it was a personal matter, feared retaliation or felt police wold not be able to help.
Nearly four in 10 offenders sentenced to jail for violence against a spouse, boyfriend or girlfriend had a restraining order against them when the committed the crime.
More information is often available at the state level, and it varies widely:
In West Virginia, reports of domestic violence grew 3.3 percent in 1997, though advocates suggest that may be a function of better reporting.
In North Dakota, reports of domestic violence rose almost 6 percent in 1998. Arrests were made in about 34 percent of cases, down 10 percent from 1997.
In West Virginia, arrests were made in 35.8 percent of calls to police in 1996, up from just 10.5 percent in 1990.
In Connecticut, incidents of family violence jumped 6.3 percent in 1997.
In Michigan, domestic violence reports were up in 1997, but officials say that's because new state law made it easier to make arrests and issue warrants.
In New Hampshire, the number of domestic violence-related deaths has been steadily increasing since 1997.
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