Domestic violence: Law enforcement, statistics and the real face of the problem

October 17, 2012 • Local News

Nationally, statistics indicate that 1 in 4 people will be affected by domestic violence; three people will die every day. The local statistics for 2012 reveal the breadth of the problem. The Roswell Refuge compiles domestic violence calls using the figures provided by dispatch. Executive director Michelle Royer warned that the statistics can be deceiving. These represent only the tip of the iceberg. “Most incidents of domestic violence are never reported to the police,” she said.

January and March were the worst months with 66 and 74 reported incidents, respectively, and 22 arrests. The fewest number of calls occurred in July and September, with a total of 40. The year to date total is 505 calls and more than 50 arrests.

The figures reported by the Roswell Police Department are recorded by crime. According to its most recent figures from June 2012, there were 39 arrests for verbal abuse, 6 for battery and 2 for aggravated battery, for a total of 47 arrests related to a family violence.

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