According to the Rockford Police Department, there has been a dramatic increase in violent assaults and gun shots in 2015. In fact the numbers are up 84% from January 1, 2015 - March 31, 2015 compared to the same time frame in 2014. A police deputy stated that the two main contributors to this increase are domestic violence and gangs. Domestic violence accounts for 25% of the calls to the Rockford police. He said often times when there is domestic abuse, there are other issues as well, such as child abuse or neglect.
Domestic violence is clearly a big issue in Rockford. It can affect many people each year, including the friends and family of the victims who help deal with the aftermath of the domestic violence. It can also be very detrimental for the children involved in the relationship, even if they are not physically abused themselves. It is important to many victims to get out of these dangerous relationships, but often times they may not know how they can protect themselves from the abusers.