Monday, March 19, 2007
"Criminal violence against intimate partners has dropped nearly two-thirds in recent years and has reached a record low, preliminary government figures show. Current and former spouses, as well as unmarried couples, have reported falling victim to criminal abuse far less than they did in the 1990s, according to the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics.
Domestic violence experts are quick to point out that the trend has not lessened the demand for shelters for victims, but they credit new laws, expanded services and better enforcement for a shift in public awareness. They say continued efforts to educate people are needed for more improvement." By Frank Greve and Anthony Lonetree, StarTribune.com Link to Article (last visited 3-19-07 NVS)