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The 2012 statistics show the number of domestic abuse incidents reported to law enforcement and referred to prosecutors was similar to 2011.
MADISON — The Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of Crime Victim Services (OCVS) released its Domestic Abuse Incident Report for 2012, which shows that 28,729 domestic abuse incidents were reported to law enforcement and referred to prosecutors during the reporting period, representing a slight increase from 2011 when 28,539 incidents were reported and referred. The report is available here. The OCVS, with the cooperation of district attorneys’ offices across Wisconsin, produces the Domestic Abuse Incident Report (DAIR) annually. The report provides a snapshot of the criminal justice system response to domestic violence incidents that are reported to law enforcement and referred to district attorneys’ offices using data reported to the DOJ by Wisconsin district attorneys’ offices pursuant to Wisconsin Statutes § 968.075(9).
The 2012 statistics show that 28,729 domestic abuse incidents were reported to law enforcement and referred to prosecutors during the reporting period, representing a slight increase from 2011 when 28,539 incidents were reported and referred. As the report notes, this number does not include incidents that were not reported to law enforcement.
“Domestic violence affects all of us,” Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said. “The number of incidents reported is staggering and sadly, we know there are more incidents that go unreported to authorities. I commend victim advocates and agencies that work tirelessly to support survivors of domestic violence. We continue our efforts at the Office of Crime Victim Services to support victim services in the community so victims can come forward and live a life free from domestic violence.”
The DAIR report includes the number of reported domestic abuse incidents by county, the age distribution of victims and information about the criminal justice response to reported incidents including arrest rates, charges issued and sentencing data.
Additional information for victims of domestic violence is available at the following link: