|Domestic violence on rise in Delphos|
|Thursday, October 03, 2013 12:00 AM|
BY STEPHANIE GROVES
DELPHOS — According to the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS), in the United States, a woman is beaten every nine seconds by an intimate or former partner and over 75 percent of women who are in an abusive relationship receive a battering to the face and head area.
In Allen County, the number of responses by the Sheriff’s Department to Domestic Violence Incidents (DVI) since the beginning of 2013 stands at 144. With each of those, a Domestic Violence or Protection Order or Consent Agreement Violations charge were filed by a reporting agency.
Delphos Police Chief Kyle Fittro said 2013 is on track to exceed last year’s statistics. In 2012, police were dispatched to 120 domestic violence calls, where 58 of those were written reports which resulted in 22 arrests.
Since January, Delphos police have been dispatched to 100 calls and written 35 reports which resulted in 17 arrests.
“It is the only crime that police need nearly no evidence to make an arrest,” Fittro detailed. “We ultimately have the discretion and with good, sound judgement, officers determine if the situation does not sound right and whether he or she did it.”
Fittro said on the surface it’s great but there are some who know the system and use it to their advantage. He also stated that since females are more inclined to sign a complaint, males who decline to sign cannot dispute the claim.
“Maybe a male punches a female and splits her lip after she scratched and clawed him and both are equally banged up,” Fittro painted a scenario. “He, the male, holds some sense of chivalry and does not want to see the female in jail.”
Fittro said 98-99 percent of the victims are females living in a husband/wife or boyfriend/girlfriend relationship and the majority of them fall into the 18-40-year-old age range. He said it is rare to get dispatched on a DV call involving same sex couples or a child violating a parent.
“For example, we do get 16-year-olds abusing their 35-year-old parent,” Fittro added.
The Allen County Sheriffs Department also reports DVI by relationship, race/ethnicity, age and sex. Of the 163 alleged victims in 2012, the highest number who sustained non-fatal injuries was a person in the role of wife at 23, followed by live-in partner at 21, parent at 16 and children at 13. By race, Caucasians were both the highest number of alleged victims (150) and alleged offenders (136). Out of the alleged victims, 90 were 18-40 year old, 50 were 41-59, 13 were 0-17 and 10 were 60-84. Out of the 154 alleged offender/primary physical aggressors, 78 were 18-40 years old, 50 were 41-59, 20 were 0-17 and 6 were 60-84. Of the total number of alleged victims, 56 were male and 107 were female and of the alleged offenders, 107 were male and 47 were female.
“NO MORE Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, Survey of Attitudes and Experiences of Teens and Adults” from nomore.org, reports that in one year alone 12.7 million men and women in the U.S. are physically abused, raped or stalked by their partners. That is approximately the number of people in New York City and Los Angeles combined.
The organization’s goal is to raise visibility for these issues, challenge the stigma that surrounds them, and take the first step toward broader social change which can only happen through communication and education.
Statistics from the study include:
• 60 percent of Americans know a victim of domestic violence or sexual assault
• Three out of four (73 percent) parents with children under the age of 18 said that they have not had a conversation about domestic violence or sexual assault with their children.
• 67 percent of Americans say they have not talked about domestic violence with their friends; even more, 73 percent have not discussed sexual assault.
• Even though 75 percent of Americans say that they would step in and help a stranger being abused, the reality is, most people do not help.
• Among the 70 percent of women who experienced domestic violence and then told someone about it, more than half (58 percent) said that no one helped them.
• 64 percent of Americans said if there was more conversation about domestic violence and sexual assault, it would make it easier to help someone.
For more information visit nomore.org, or call the 24 hour National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 or TTY 1-800-787-3224 or go to thehotline.org.