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Police Response to Domestic Violence, 2006-2015

NCJ Number
250231
Date Published
May 2017
Length
28 pages
Author(s)
Brian A. Reaves
Agencies
BJS
Publication Series
Annotation
This Bureau of Statistics Special Report presents 2006-15 data on nonfatal domestic violence victimizations reported to police, the police response to these victimizations, the prevalence of related arrests or charges, and criminal complaints signed against the offender.
Abstract
This Bureau of Statistics (BJS) Special Report presents 2006-15 data on nonfatal domestic violence victimizations reported to police, the police response to these victimizations, the prevalence of related arrests or charges, and criminal complaints signed against the offender. Domestic violence includes serious violence (rape or sexual assault, robbery, and aggravated assault) and simple assaults committed by intimate partners, immediate family members, or other relatives. Data are from the National Crime Victimization Survey, which obtained victims' descriptions of police actions during their initial response to a reported crime and any follow-up contact with the victim. Highlights include: from 2006 to 2015, more than half (56%) of the 1.3 million nonfatal domestic violence victimizations occurring annually in the United States were reported to police; in 39% of reported victimizations an offender was arrested or charges were filed, with the majority of arrests occurring during the initial police response; and the victim or other household member signed a criminal complaint against the offender in about half (48%) of reported victimizations.
Date Created: May 2, 2017