Homosexuals Included In Justice Report On Domestic Violence

July 7, 2008 - 8:03 PM

(CNSNews.com) - For the first time, the Justice Department's report on "Intimate Partner Violence" includes cases in which both the attacker and the victim were members of the same sex. Ten percent of the cases dealing with male victims also involved male attackers, according to the report, which tracked intimate partner violence in the United States between 1993 and 1999.

The report was compiled by the Bureau of Justice Statistics and used estimates from the National Crime Victimization Survey.

Between 1993 and 1999, there was a yearly average of 142, 290 male victims of intimate partner violence. Of that total, 13,740 -- or 10 percent -- "stemmed from intimate partner violence between men," said Callie Marie Rennison, Bureau of Justice statistician.

The report showed a much higher number of female victims, 902,240 on average, but only about two percent, or 16,900 involved "intimate violence between women." The vast majority of the cases involved men attacking women.

According to the Bureau of Justice Special Report, women aged 16 to 24 were the most vulnerable to intimate partner violence.

"In terms of what our survey shows, this is a good start, I think, for getting attention to the issue," Rennison said.

"The crimes we look at are rape, robbery, sexual assault, aggravated assault, simple assault and we also talk about property crimes though that's not in this report," she added.

"The FBI, when they collect information, they won't consider a male to be rape-able, but we do," Rennison said. "We don't make any distinction about that. From that, through data analysis, we separate the different things... that's how I got these numbers.

"It's a great survey and a very well respected survey," she said. "The survey has been around, actually, since the early '70s and so it has enjoyed a lot of critical comment and tweaking. I think it is one of the finest surveys out there," Rennison said.

This is the first year, however, that the survey has included information on Intimate Partner Violence victims of the same sex.

"It is certainly the first time I have seen it in any of our reports," Rennison said. "While I was kind of disappointed that I could only put in these numbers, that's really all we could get out of it right now.

Rennison said that while this was the first report to include information on same sex partner violence, it would not be the last.

"I'll probably never write another [report] again that excludes this table, so we have something to build on," she said. "When I've got a few more years that I can aggregate, we'll get some more numbers and that will be good. But over time, we've been able to do more and more."