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Thursday, March 10, 2005

Keeping facts straight on local problem

Bob Rogers writes this Problem is disturbing, March 10, 2005
I am taking a course about domestic violence and sexual assault and what I am learning is very disturbing. This problem is escalating at an alarming rate in our county. It can be spousal, parent/child, sibling/sibling, boyfriend/girlfriend or any other familial or intimate relationship combination.
Domestic violence is an important issue, but so is keeping our facts straight. I can not find any statistics that show the problem is “escalating at an alarming rate in our county." The 2004 stats are not in, but only 60 cases were reported in 2003, down from 175 in 2002, according to the SEDD Nevada County Indicators Report. Is this an escalating problem? In the state of California we have seen an 18.7 percent drop in reported domestic violence cases from 1993 to 2003, according to the Attorney General’s web site. Where does Mr. Rogers get his statistics?

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