Tenn. Domestic Violence Down Slightly, 96 Die in 2011
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) -- The annual report on domestic violence in Tennessee is out this week.
The report shows a slight decline in domestic cases in each of the last three years. However, more than 85,000 Tennesseans fell victim to domestic violence in 2011. Ninety-six of them were murdered.
The majority of victims are female, but men reported being the target of domestic violence in nearly three cases in ten.
Police report clearing more than half of all domestic cases. Of the remaining cases, more than 80 percent were not cleared because the victim refused to cooperate with authorities.
Linda calls herself a survivor. She lived with an abusive spouse here in the mid-state for twenty-years, but decided it was time to leave when he tried to choke her.
“And I stayed in abuse that long until this year. I was just beaten on and cursed at and everything. I told myself that I needed to do something for myself.”
Now 62 years of age, Linda is getting counseling through a Murfreesboro based domestic violence program and has moved into transitional housing.
To get help for abuse, contact the Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse Program for assistance.
261 Hate Crimes Recorded Statewide
Overall Crime Falls by 1.7 Percent