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Domestic Violence Network Releases Domestic Violence in the Criminal Justice System Report

Indianapolis, IN- The Domestic Violence Network releases the Domestic Violence in the Criminal Justice System Report, Marion County, IN. today. Up until now, it has been very difficult to generate statistics describing the state of domestic violence in Marion County. Data is not uniformly collected and often times incomplete. This report presents the findings of a feasibility study conducted by The Polis Center at IUPUI for the Domestic Violence Network to link data from four sources that collect information on victims and perpetrators of domestic violence in the legal system, including The Julian Center, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD), Marion County Prosecutor’s Office and the Indiana Supreme Court.

The purpose of the project was to demonstrate the feasibility of linking the domestic violence data, given the quality and incompleteness of some of the required data sets to gain a better perspective of victims and perpetrators of domestic violence in the criminal justice system.

The result is a report of statistics representing the picture of domestic violence for incidents where the legal system is involved. This does not count all of the incidents that go un-reported.

Some key findings include:

  •  In 2011, there were an estimated 10,687 victims of domestic violence (1.5% of the population) and 9,962 perpetrators.
  • Victims are predominantly females (79%), with the largest group aged 20 to 24.
  • Perpetrators are predominantly males (80%), with the largest group aged 25 to 29.
  • 77% of reported domestic violence incidents occur at home.
  • In 2012, the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office reviewed 6,129 domestic violence cases, a 32% increase since 2009.

The Domestic Violence Network, along with data partners, will use the report to better serve victims and intervene earlier with perpetrators in the criminal justice system.

The full Domestic Violence in the Criminal Justice system can be found here:

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About the Domestic Violence Network

The Domestic Violence Network is an intermediary organization whose mission of is to engage the community to end domestic violence through advocacy, education and collaboration. The Domestic Violence Network has a rich history of Community Wide Plans, strategic plan with goals, objectives and strategies developed with community input to end domestic violence in Central Indiana. For more information, visit our website: