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  • Of the roughly 3.5 million violent crimes committed against family members, 49% were crimes against spouses. 11% were sons or daughters victimized by a parent.


  • About three-fourths of all family violence occurred in or near the victim's residence.


  • The majority (73%) of family violence victims were female. Females were 84% of spouse abuse victims and 86% of victims of abuse at the hands of a boyfriend or girlfriend.


  • Males were 83% of spouse murderers and 75% of murderers who killed a boyfriend or girlfriend.


  • Most family violence victims were white (74%) and the majority were between ages 25 and 54 (65.7%). Most family violence offenders were white (79%), and most were age 30 or older (62%).


  • About 22% of murders in 2002 were family murders.


  • The average age among sons or daughters killed by a parent was 7 years, and 4 out of 5 victims killed by a parent were under age 13.


Source:  Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), the BJS database of Federal statistics, and two statistical databases maintained by the FBI, (June 2005, NCJ 207846)