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Wisconsin Department of Justice Office of Crime Victim Services Releases Domestic Abuse Incident Reports

 

The 2010 statistics show domestic abuse incidents reported to law enforcement and referred to prosecutors were up 1.3% from 2009.

 

MADISON — Today, the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of Crime Victim Services (OCVS) released its Domestic Abuse Incident Report for 2010 and for 2009.

 

The OCVS, with the cooperation of district attorneys' offices across Wisconsin, produces the Domestic Abuse Incident Report (DAIR) annually. The purpose of the report is to provide a snapshot of domestic violence in Wisconsin using data reported to DOJ pursuant to Wisconsin Statutes, s. 968.075(9) by Wisconsin district attorneys' offices.

 

The 2010 statistics show domestic abuse incidents reported to law enforcement and referred to prosecutors were up 1.3% from 2009.

 

“Domestic violence continues to be a significant problem across Wisconsin,” Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said. “But we also need to keep in mind the number of unreported incidents, and that's why being able to provide resources for our local community partners is a top priority for OCVS staff.”

The DAIR reports include the number of reported domestic abuse incidents by county, the age distribution of victims and the relationship to the offender as well as arrest rates and charges issued.

 

Additional information for victims of domestic violence is available at the following links:

Office of Crime Victim Services

For Victims

 

With October marking domestic violence awareness month, the DOJ's Violence Against Women Resource Prosecutor (VAWRP) Project sponsored trainings for state prosecutors on the importance of working with law enforcement and community partners in multi-disciplinary teams to enhance prosecution outcomes for victims. And, in November, the DOJ will sponsor a day-long training for prosecutors on the increased use of expert witnesses to explain to juries the obstacles facing victims as they try to leave violent relationships.

 

Both reports are available at the following links: