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73,709

March 7, 2011

In what was a pretty typical year, there were 73,709 domestic violence incidents in New Jersey during 2009, according to the state Department of Law and Public Safety and the Division of the State Police. Of these reported crimes, only 30 percent resulted in arrests.

The offenses ranged from 39 homicides to 332 incidents of stalking, with the largest number being harassment (32,198) and assault (31,225.) There were also 3,286 cases of terroristic threats, 49 of kidnapping and 217 of sexual assault.

The most likely time for these incidents to occur was in the evening (8 p.m. to 12 a.m.) on Sunday, Saturday or Friday, in that order. Children were present during the offense 31 percent of the time. About 27 percent of offenses ended with an injury; the most frequent weapons were hands, fists and feet, followed by a knife.

The county with the largest number of incidents was Camden, with 7,043; followed by Atlantic with 5,698; Essex, 5,381; Monmouth, 5,317; and Ocean, 5,126.

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