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TBI Study Focuses On Domestic Violence

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by Shannon Royster

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation put together a new study focusing on domestic violence called the "Family Violence Study 2012."

Officials said the study is in hopes of providing solid proof for those individuals and groups who help victims of domestic violence.

About 14.5 percent of all crimes reported in 2012 were domestic crimes.  Fifty-percent of those domestic crimes, the victim was related to the offender. The study also found that six juveniles were murdered in 2012 by family members.

Patricia Shea, CEO of Middle Tennessee's YWCA said domestic violence has become an epidemic in Tennessee.

"This most recent year Tennessee was ranked 3rd in the nation for the rate at which women are killed by men," she said.

The TBI's study focused only on domestic violence offenses involving family members, not boyfriends and girlfriends. It found that half of the domestic violence cases reported, more than 41,000, involved people who are related.

"We wanted to do this to show that this is actually happening, and this is only what is being reported to law enforcement," said Kristin Helm, spokesperson for the TBI.

Some of what was found in the study was already known, such as women being nearly two times more likely to be victimized than men, but the study also shed light on family violence.

"If you look at a offender-victim relationship as far as a mother and her children, these numbers show that a mother is more likely to assault a daughter rather than a son," said Helm.

Also, white domestic violence offenders were reported nearly twice as often than black offenders.

"Domestic violence is about power and control," Shea said.

Officials said spreading the word about how often it happens even amongst family members, might help take the power away.

"If you could get a boy in fifth or sixth grade and you can teach him how women should be treated that all women should be valued, then he'll grow up to be the kind of spouse or partner that all of us women are looking for," Shea said.

Victims of domestic violence, both women and children including boys under 17, can stay at the YWCA'S Weaver Domestic Violence Center for up to 45 days.

If you, or someone you know is the victim of domestic violence you can also call the YWCA's free 24-hour crisis line at 242-1199.

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