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Study: Family violence offenses outnumber all others in Tenn.

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Estimates indicate 9,000 people become victims of domestic violence every day – and the Mid-South is no exception. Estimates indicate 9,000 people become victims of domestic violence every day – and the Mid-South is no exception.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - Kimmiracle Langston was at home when, Memphis police say, her father killed her mother, Kimberly, in their house on Hamilton Street. It shattered the family.

"More families have got to start talking," said family advisor Eric Boyland.

In Tennessee, family violence offenses outnumber all other offenses by more than four to one.

Sadly, in 2012, six children were murdered by family members. Those numbers come from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation's "Family Violence Study 2012." The study is based on offenses reported by law enforcement agencies to the Tennessee Incident Based Reporting System in 2012. The study focuses on domestic violence that occurs between family members.

Roughly 14.5 percent of all crimes reported in the state were domestic in nature. And Tennessee women were nearly two times more likely to be victimized than men.

The study also looked at the influence of alcohol and drugs in family violence. The TBI found more than 17 percent of family violence offenses involved drug or alcohol use by the offender. Eighty-three percent used alcohol.

Despite these numbers, the study did not include domestic violence relationships between a boyfriend and girlfriend which, incidentally, was the most commonly reported domestic violence relationship in 2012.

As for Kimmiracle and her family, they just hope others will learn from their personal tragedy. Meantime, William Langston is in jail charged with his wife's homicide.

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