Domestic violence is a very serious crime and is very tragic for all those involved. There are often a great number of misconceptions as to the nature of domestic violence and its participants. Below are some statistics of the the reported incidences of domestic violence in Virginia.
It is, however, important to note that a large number of domestic violence is never reported to the police, and hence cannot be included in these statistics. In particular, sexual domestic violence is rarely brought to the attention of authorities. A recent national study suggests that 41% of nonfatal violent incidents between family members and 45% of nonfatal violent incidences between boyfriends or girlfriends did not get reported to the police.
In Virginia, from 2006-2010, of the reported domestic violence incidences domestic violence victims were half of all simple assault victims, 40% of kidnapping or abduction victims, and 3 out of 10 sexual assault victims.
Victims of domestic violence are considerably more varied than that of popular opinion. Although 7 out of 10 victims were women, during the time period of the study, the number of male victims increased by 17%, and domestic violence against the elderly increased more than for any other age group.
Perhaps most chilling, 76% of all victims of domestic sexual assault were under the age of 18. Recall that sexual domestic violence is the most underreported crime in this category.
Domestic violence is a blight upon society because it is a crime from family against family, loved one against loved one.
Victims of domestic violence have the option of seeking civil redress in addition to the criminal charges the prosecutor may choose to lay. If you are the victim of Domestic Violence or have been charged with Domestic Violence, call the Law Offices of Faraji Rosenthall (703) 934-0101.