Domestic violence report misleading says Memphis group - FOX13 News, WHBQ FOX 13

Domestic violence report misleading says Memphis group

Posted: Updated:
  • Domestic violence report misleading says Memphis groupMore>>

  • Get FOX13 Breaking News on your mobile device

    Get FOX13 Breaking News on your mobile device

    Friday, October 4 2013 3:43 PM EDT2013-10-04 19:43:45 GMT
    Get breaking news alerts on your mobile device direct from the FOX13 news desk. On average, you could get as many as three to five alerts on a busy day, as the news merits. Just fill out the form below
    Get breaking news alerts on your mobile device direct from the FOX13 news desk. On average, you could get as many as three to five alerts on a busy day, as the news merits. Just fill out the form below
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

They say numbers don't lie, but could a new report released Tuesday by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation be misleading?
    
Memphis Area Women's Council executive director Deborah Clubb said though the TBI's study showing domestic violence is on the decline, it may not accurately reflect what's going on in Memphis.

READ: TBI Domestic Violence Report 2010-2012

The statistics come from a study done between 2010 and 2012. The TBI's research shows domestic violence is down over the three-year period. Clubb though said the statistics could be misleading.

"We know that's actually not the direction these numbers need to go," Clubb said.

The study shows domestic violence crimes in Tennessee went down 3.4-percent from 2010-12. It also shows domestic violence homicides dropped to 80 in 2012 from 92 in the year 2010.

"It's a public health epidemic here," Clubb said. "There were 30 domestic violence homicides last year in Memphis."

The executive director of the Women's Council said the report does not accurately represent the wide-reaching problem in the Bluff City.

"When you divide the number of domestic violence calls to police on a range of things from stalking to aggravated assault and domestic violence homicide -- add all those up and divide it across the year," Clubb said. "There were 59 or 60 calls a day to local police to households where domestic violence is happening."

Clubb said her organization works with a number of women who decide not to report domestic violence, which distorts the TBI's study.

"We know that many fierce battering situations happen that are never part of this count because we talk to the women who are either too embarrassed to talk about it and make it part of public record through police and that sort of thing," she said.

People should place less of their focus on statistics and concentrate more on helping solve the problem, Clubb added.

"I appreciate very much the TBI wanting to have continued focus on the crimes that are part of domestic violence," she said. "It's a long list of crimes, but we don't want to focus on an up or down as a solution to those crimes."

Click here to leave a comment on our Facebook page
Click here to comment on our Twitter

Powered by WorldNow

WHBQ-TV | Fox 13
485 S. Highland St.
Memphis, TN 38111

Main Station: (901) 320-1313
Newsroom: (901) 320-1340

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices