TBI crime report shows rise in domestic violence

(WMC-TV) - The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation's 2011 crime report has some disturbing statistics on violence in Memphis.

Last year, more than 57 percent of the murders in Tennessee were committed by people related or acquainted with each other, and domestic violence is the root cause of many of those crimes.  That number is even higher in Memphis.

The statewide murder rate was four percent higher than in 2010.

In 2011, there were more than 20,000 domestic violence crimes in Memphis.  More than 14,000 were simple assaults and more than 2,000 were aggravated assaults.

Domestic violence resulted in 21 murders last year.  That is one more than the year before.

In January, Sedrick Clayton was charged with the murders of his wife and both her parents.

"This was a senseless act that took the lives of three individuals," Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong said at the time.  "I pray that we can learn to resolve conflicts without the use of violence.  That we can educate ourselves on how to deal with everyday stresses."

In Shelby County alone, there were more than 1,400 domestic violence crimes.  None of them resulted in murder.

If you would like to see the TBI's entire crime report, click here.

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