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DOJ: Nearly 5% fewer domestic abuse reports to police in 2011

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MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The state Justice Department said Monday that almost five percent fewer domestic abuse incidents were reported to police in 2011 than the prior year.

Officials said that almost 29,000 domestic abuse cases were reported to police and referred to prosecutors – about 1,400 fewer cases than in 2010.

Almost half the victims were 18 to 29 – and arrests were made in 71 percent of domestic abuse calls. Less than one-percent of the cases had more than one arrest.

The common penalties for domestic abusers in 2011 were financial – things like restitution and fines. Jail or prison confinement was the second-most common punishment. And third were behavioral conditions like a ban on possessing firearms, and ordering no contact with a particular individual.