TBI report sheds light on domestic violence in Tennessee - WSMV News 4

TBI report sheds light on domestic violence in Tennessee

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Over the past three years, 275 people in Tennessee have died or been murdered as a result of domestic violence, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

The TBI released the results of a 3-year study Tuesday that gives a much clearer picture of who those people are - both the victims and the offenders.

Between 2010 and 2012, there were more than 250,000 assaults reported across the state - most of them being simple assaults, such as a slap or something relatively minor.

More than half of all domestic assaults were committed by white males, the TBI said, compared to about 40 percent of offenders who were African-American.

Ten percent of all the domestic violence victims were children, or about 25,000 cases, recorded over the three-year period.

Lastly, and perhaps most disturbing, was the increase in incests. The number of those cases went up by nearly 86 percent between 2010 and 2012.

To put that into perspective, there were about 125 cases of incest over the three-year period.

If there's any bright spot to all this, it's that, overall, domestic violence numbers are down by about 3.5 percent in Tennessee since 2010.

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