NASHVILLE – Today, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation released its “Domestic Violence 2011-2013” study. The report analyzes crime data submitted by the state’s law enforcement agencies to the Tennessee Incident Based Reporting System (TIBRS) from 2011 to 2013.

DV CoverAmong the report’s findings:

  • Simple Assault was, by far, the most frequently reported offense, accounting for 68.8% of all domestic violence offenses.
  • Females were almost three times more likely to be victimized than males in domestic incidents in Tennessee.
  • Juveniles accounted for approximately 10% of domestic violence victims each year from 2011 to 2013.
  • In the time period analyzed, domestic violence victims were six times more likely to be abused by a Spouse than an Ex-Spouse.
  • Boyfriend/Girlfriend relationships were the most frequently reported incidents, accounts for 43.2% of all domestic violence from 2011 to 2013.
  • Domestic violence resulted in 288 Murder/Non-negligent Homicides during the three-year study period.

“This kind of crime creates a real threat to our communities,” said TBI Director Mark Gwyn. “We hope this study gives law enforcement, policy makers, and government leaders a snapshot of domestic violence in our state, bringing to light what happens too often behind closed doors.”

The full report is available for review online at