TBI studies reveal domestic violence, school crime rates

Staff Reports • Dec 17, 2015 at 6:37 PM

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation released two new studies Tuesday regarding domestic violence and school crime.

The first, the annual School Crime Report, compiles crime data involving schools in the state in 2013.

Among the reports findings, it was found that the overall number of crimes happening at schools dropped by 11.5 percent from 2012 to 2013, with the most frequently reported offense being simple assault, which represented 36 percent of all offenses.

Additional statistics found the month of April had the highest frequency of school crimes and that males were more likely to be offenders or arrestees, while females were most often reported as victims of school crimes.

The most commonly seized drug at schools in 2013 was marijuana, which greatly outnumbered all other seized drugs, accounting for 79 percent of documented cases.

“Schools should be among the safest places in our communities,” said TBI Director Mark Gwyn. “We hope this study will help law enforcement, school administrators and government officials enhance their safety plans to continue the work to address crime issues in our schools.”

The TBI’s recently released domestic violence study analyzed crime data from 2011 through 2013.

In the report it was found that simple assault was, by far, the most frequently reported offense, accounting for 68 percent of all domestic violence cases.

Other findings saw that females were found to be almost three times more likely to be victimized than males in domestic incidents in the state, and juveniles accounted for about 10 percent of domestic violence victims each year from 2011 to 2013. 

Within this time frame, domestic violence victims were six times more likely to be abused by a spouse than an ex-spouse and boyfriend/girlfriend relationships were the most frequently reported incidents, accounting for more than 43 percent of all domestic violence.

Domestic violence resulted in 288 murder/non-negligent homicides during the three-year study period.

“This kind of crime creates a real threat to our communities,” Gwyn said. “We hope this study gives law enforcement, policy makers and government leaders a snapshot of domestic violence in our state, bringing to light what happens too often behind closed doors.”

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