The NFL’s mishandling of the Ray Rice domestic violence incident has brought the spotlight onto the problem of domestic violence. I applaud this happening. No one should ever feel anything other than being safe in their own home and anyone who uses violence against a loved one to express frustration or anger is not worthy of being called a human being.
However, there is some good news. Domestic violence appears to be trending down.
- From 1994 to 2010, the overall rate of intimate partner violence in the United States declined by 64%, from 9.8 victimizations per 1,000 persons age 12 or older to 3.6 per 1,000.
- Intimate partner violence declined by more than 60% for both males and females from 1994 to 2010.
- The rate of intimate partner violence for Hispanic females declined 78%, from 18.8 victimizations per 1,000 in 1994 to 4.1 per 1,000 in 2010.
Still, domestic violence continues to be a problem in the U.S. even though the trends look good. I think one question we need to be asking ourselves is what have we done to date that is responsible for this declining trend and how do we leverage what we find out to reduce violence even more.