The increase in violence is a complex and complicated issue with multiple contributing factors. It is important to note that violent trends vary based on specific circumstances and regions, and attempting to isolate singular reasons would be a mistake. These crimes devastate the victims, resulting in physical and emotional trauma and often financial hardship.
Statistics related to violent crimes are the subject of annual studies conducted by the FBI’s Bureau of Justice Statistics. In 2021, they transitioned to a revised crime statistics collection program. Unspecified issues with data reporting by law enforcement agencies occurred, making it difficult to analyze trends related to violent crimes post-2020.
Violent crimes consist of four criminal offenses as defined by the FBI’s Bureau of Justice Statistics:
- Aggravated Assault and Battery
- Rape or Sexual Assault
- Murder and Non-negligent Manslaughter
The world changed significantly in 2020; the once-in-a-century global pandemic led to a catastrophic recession, creating socioeconomic disparities and instability on multiple levels. Strained resources and heightened anxiety created stressors that possibly resulted in increased violent crimes. Some common issues included a lack of access to mental health care, more accessible access to firearms and other weapons, and a change in cultural and social norms. Recognizing that the factors contributing to violent crimes often interact and compound one another is essential.
If you or a loved one has been a violent crime victim, your rights must be protected. Contact The Law Offices of Reginald Keith Davis to schedule your confidential consultation. ** Se Habla Español.
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