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NCJ Number: 244697 Find in a Library
Title: Nonfatal Domestic Violence, 2003-2012
Series: BJS Special Reports
Author(s): Jennifer L. Truman, Ph.D.; Rachel E. Morgan, Ph.D.
Corporate Author: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Date Published: April 2014
Page Count: 21
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
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Type: Statistics
Format: Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Based on data from the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) for the years 2003-12, this report describes the victims and incidents of non-fatal domestic violence for these years.
Abstract: For this report, “domestic violence” is defined as “violence committed by intimate partners, immediate family members, or other relatives” against other family members. This report indicates that domestic violence accounted for 21 percent of all violent crime during the study period. Of these incidents of domestic violence, violence involving intimate partners accounted for 15 percent of all violent victimizations; 4 percent involved immediate family members, and 2 percent involved other relatives. Current or former boyfriends or girlfriends committed most domestic violence, with the majority of domestic violence being committed against females (76 percent) compared to 24 percent against males. Of the domestic violence incidents reported to police, a similar percentage involved intimate partners and immediate family members (56 percent each). Regarding location of domestic violence incidents, 77 percent occurred at or near the victim’s home. Injuries to victims were more likely to occur in intimate partner violence than in violence committed by immediate family members and other relatives. A weapon was used in 26 percent of violent incidents committed by relatives other than immediate family members and intimate partners; weapons were used in 19 percent of both incidents involving intimate partners and those involving immediate family members. The NCVS, the data source for this report, is an annual data collection conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau for the Bureau of Justice Statistics. The NCVS is a self-report survey in which interviewed persons are asked about the number and characteristics of criminal victimizations experienced during the previous 6 months. 18 tables
Main Term(s): Offense statistics
Index Term(s): Domestic assault; Domestic/Intimate Partner Violence; National crime surveys; Victimization surveys
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