Are the rates of domestic violence rising, falling or remaining fairly stable compared with 10-15 years ago?
Heidi Ann Lepp’s Answer:
The rate of domestic violence in the United States has decreased slightly in the last decade (from 5.1 per 1,000 in 2005 to 4.2 per 1,000 in 2014). Here in New Jersey, the Office of the Attorney General has indicated that there were 64,556 domestic violence offenses reported by the police in 2013, a 1 percent decrease compared to the 65,060 reported in 2012. While this small reduction may seem positive, the rate of occurrence of domestic violence in this country and specifically in NJ is still alarming. According to the Centers for Disease Control, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner which means that more than 10 million women and men throughout this country are victims of physical violence annually. Of those victims, three women per day actually die at the hands of their partners. In NJ, FBI statistics confirm that from 2003 to 2012, 30 percent of female homicide victims were killed as a result of intimate partner violence. One-third of those victims were killed with guns.