The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has released a report focused on domestic violence that occurs between family members. The study is entitled “Family Violence Study 2012.” Of the 2012 domestic violence offenses, 41,708 or 50 percent were reported as having a family victim to offender relationship. The parameters of the study did not include certain valid domestic violence relationships such as boyfriend/girlfriend, which was the most commonly reported domestic violence relationship in 2012. Simple assault was the most frequently reported offense accounting for 67.5 percent of family violence offenses. Females were nearly two times more likely to be victimized than males. More than 17 percent of family violence offenses involved drugs or alcohol by the offender with the majority, 83 percent, using alcohol.
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