Domestic violence continues to be a critical problem in New Jersey, as incidents rose 1 percent to 74, 244 in 2010, according to the New Jersey State Police. Assaults accounted for 31,234 incidents, 50 percent of which resulted in arrest, and harassments totaled 32, 598.
There were 38 domestic violence homicides in 2010, 21 percent of which involved the elderly. Females were the victims in 75 percent of the offenses, and children were involved or present in 31 percent of the cases.
The number of domestic violence complaints that had prior court orders issued against the offender increased three percent, from 13,821 in 2009 to 14,245.
Domestic violence offenses arising from a dating relationship accounted for 15 percent of the state total.
All told, only 31 percent of the of the offenses involved an arrest.