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Rate of Family Violence Dropped

June 16, 2005  | 

Incidence of family violence among victims 12 and older fell by more than fifty percent between 1993 and 2002, according to the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS).

About four in 10 family violence victimizations did not come to police attention between 1998 and 2002. Thirty-four percent of victims of unreported family violence said they did not tell law enforcement officials about the matter because it was private. Another 12 percent said they did not report it to protect the offender.

Seventy-three percent of family violence victims were females and 76 percent of persons who committed family violence were male.

To view the full report visit the BJS Website at www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/abstract/fvs.htm.

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