By Greg Stewart, Contributing Columnist
There is a disproportionately large and vastly underestimated impact of domestic violence on public safety.
Just how widespread is the impact of domestic violence? First, the bad news: In 2001 domestic violence accounted 48 percent, nearly half, of all reported assaults in the city of Portland. Think about that. In 2001, if you were assaulted in this city there were basically equal odds that a family member or intimate partner was responsible. Even in the most serious assaults, termed aggravated assaults, 34 percent were related to domestic violence. Homicides? In most years about a quarter of all homicides are related to domestic violence. Continue reading