TBI: Women more likely family violence victims

Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 1:13pm

A new study of domestic violence in Tennessee last year found women were nearly two times more likely to be victimized than men, and children were the victims in 16 percent of all family violence cases.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation put out a report this week analyzing crime statistics from law enforcement agencies across the state. Their findings show that nearly 15 percent of all crimes reported were domestic in nature.

The study looked at the relationships between victims and offenders as well as the influence of drugs and alcohol on family violence. The study found that more than 17 percent of family violence involves drugs or alcohol, with alcohol being the most common.

2 Comments on this post:

By: yucchhii on 6/21/13 at 10:59

Granted there are women who are victimized by men and vice versa. However, what do we call the women who LIE about being victimized and they spouse winds up in jail for nothing? It's the woman's word against the man! That's it. But if a man claims that against the woman and calls police, the officer says "Well we didn't see it, so there isn't anything we can do!" What about that? But of course nobody will stand up to that!

By: ancienthighway on 6/21/13 at 2:34

I do agree that it's unfortunate and unjust that an accusation can cost someone his or her job, and depending on the chosen career, any chance of working in the field again.

I'm fairly certain that no prosecutor would take a case in front of a judge without evidence believed will reach a guilty verdict. Accusation alone, woman's word against a man's word, will not convict. The prosecutor gets a major slap on the wrist for wasting the time of his office and the court.

The only solution to some very crafty people from creating a lie and evidence from putting someone in jail would be to eliminate the crime. Is that really the solution though? Maybe in your world a man has the right to beat his wife and kids for no reason or just because the beer was warm, but not in this country.