NASHVILLE, Tenn. – In a study released by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation June 19, it was revealed that violence among family members is a significant issue in Tennessee, accounting for half of the domestic complaints from last year.
The Family Violence Study 2012 contains information on reported offenders and their crimes, as well as victims and their relationship to the offenders. Relationships classified as Boyfriend/Girlfriend were not included in the study.
Simple Assault was the offense that affected most of the 41,708 total domestic violence victims, accounting for 67.5% of family related incidents. The top two types of offenders reported were parents and spouses, with females being almost two times more likely to be assaulted than men.
Juvenile victims in particular made up 16.2% of Simple Assaults, while nearly half of those responsible for this number were reported as being the parents of the abused children. The study also noted that in 2012, six juveniles were murdered by family members, and in cases of child kidnapping and abduction were most often carried out by parents.
TBI also included statistics showing that “17.5% of family violence offenses involved drugs and/or alcohol use by the offender,” with the majority involving the use of alcohol.
Data compiled from the report may be used to support avocation for domestic violence prevention and counseling as well as provide insight for agencies dedicated to children’s services. To read the report in its entirety, visit: