Domestic Violence In Virginia

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.

VIolent Crime In Virginia

Although the news is always full of violent crime, it’s important to look at the overall picture. In the same way that business measures revenues, net profits, and stock price, crime rate statistics are important to those in jurisprudence (and society as a whole) to measure how much crime actually occurs and how effective we are at handling it.

When most people think of crimes, they think of crimes against people, but in actuality, crimes are most often perpetrated against property. Nationally, violent crime represents about 12% of all crimes. In Virginia, that number is 8%.

In fact Virginia is one of the safest states in the Union. Its crime rate has been steadily decreasing for more than the last decade. Virginia has the 6th-lowest violent crime rate, and the 12th-lowest in property crimes.

Lowering the crime rate doesn’t only make you and your loved ones safer. It also has a beneficial effect on the economy. Low crime rates make a city or municipality feel secure. That sense of security may lead to greater confidence in law enforcement, greater credit given to public safety organization, and even leads to citizens being more trusting towards others. Ultimately, this kind of secure environment attracts investment in the community, in the form of business and residential development.

The crime rate is always a concern when choosing a place to raise a family, start a business, or purchase property, but it’s the citizens already living there that have the most impact on crime rate. Changes in crime rate often galvanize communities to band together, allocate resources, and deal with the problem.

Our ever-lowering crime rate is a testament to the strength of our community and to the professionals who keep our streets safe.