TBI releases domestic violence statistics: reports up in Chattanooga

Chattanooga, TN (WDEF) – The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation reports domestic violence has risen in Chattanooga.
    Although officials saw a 7% decrease in the state of Tennessee, they noted a 2% increase in Chattanooga.
    The director of crisis services says the likely reason is because Chattanooga is more knowledgeable about what constitutes domestic violence.
     That means victims are more likely to report domestic violence because of education.
     The report also says law enforcement is more likely to hold perpetrators accountable.
     Carmen Hutson serves as Director of Crisis Services.   Hutson said, "We’ve been providing training for the last 6 years to law enforcement on domestic violence and sexual assault. And so this really, the education on domestic violence and sexual assault is really making a difference."
      Learn more about crisis services here.
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