Domestic violence in Tennessee drops 5.7 percent

Domestic violence in Tennessee continued its steady, statewide decline in 2013, dropping 5.7 percent from the previous year, according to a report released Tuesday.

In "Domestic Violence 2011-2013," the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation charted three straight years of decreases. In those three years, 247,069 incidents of domestic violence were reported across the state.

Despite continued drops, the report's authors cautioned that there was still work to be done. In 2013, 78,495 incidents of domestic abuse were reported.

"Hopefully the current assessment of domestic violence in Tennessee exposes the need for continued and increased efforts in the battle against domestic abuse within our community," the report reads.

More than 96 percent of those cases were some type of assualt, according to the report. Women fell victim to domestic violence almost three times more often than men.

Children made up 10 percent of the victims during the report's three-year span. The report says children are more likely than adults to fall victim to a series of sexual crimes, including forcible fondling, forcible rape and sexual assault with an object.

"This victim demographic information gives insight into what populations are most at-risk for domestic violence in the state," the report reads. "Data supports the fact that women and children generally have the highest potential for domestic abuse victimization."


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