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September 26, 2014

How big a problem is domestic violence in New Jersey? Pretty big, it seems, with 65,060 domestic violence reports to the police in 2012, the most recent year for which there are statistics.

Although that shows a slight decline of 7 percent over 2011, it included 42,602 cases of assault and 28,285 of harassments. It also included 38 deaths and 194 sexual assaults. Arrests were made in 31 percent of the cases.

Women were the victims in 75 percent of cases. Wives (10,829) ex-wives (2,187) and female coparents (9,025) were the most frequent victims.

The vast majority of cases did not involve a weapon, although there were 128 cases that included a gun, 873 that involved a knife, and 1,370 that made use of another serious weapon.

Children were involved or present 29 percent of the time. Alcohol or drugs were involved 27 percent of the time.

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