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An Online Resource Library on Gender-Based Violence.

Family Violence Statistics: Including Statistics on Strangers and Acquaintances

General Material

This report notes that family violence rates have dropped by more than one half from 1993-2002. Published by the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Justice Programs through the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the sources of data on family violence used in this report include: the National Crime Victimization Survey (BJS survey), Supplementary Homicide Reports (FBI database), National Incident-Based Reporting System (FBI database), State Court Processing Statistics (BJS data collection), Federal Justice Statistics Program (BJS database), Survey of Inmates in State and Federal Correctional Facilities (BJS survey) and Survey of Inmates in Local Jails (BJS survey).

Bureau of Justice Statistics Summary:

"Compares family and nonfamily violence statistics from victimization through the different stages of the justice system. Family violence is defined as all types of violent crime committed by an offender who is related to the victim and includes spouse abuse, parental violence against a child, and violence among other family members. Nonfamily relationships used for comparison include boyfriends and girlfriends, friends and acquaintances, and strangers. Data are drawn from victimization surveys, official police statistics, State and Federal court statistics, and surveys of inmates in State prisons and local jails."