ALBANY – Reported domestic violence cases skyrocketed by 12.3% in the city last year, with Brooklyn


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ALBANY – Reported domestic violence cases skyrocketed by 12.3% in the city last year, with Brooklyn checking in as the worst borough, the Daily News has learned.

Total cases reported by “intimate partners” as well as other family victims last year in the five boroughs totaled 28,938, up from 25,761 in 2009, state Division of Criminal Justice Services statistics show.

Attacks against wives, girlfriends or ex-partners rose even higher – 17.3%.

The state reported 2,925 cases against boyfriends or husbands, an increase of 5.4% over 2009.

Brooklyn had the most domestic violence cases, with 9,530 last year, up 9.8% from 2009, the stats show.

Law enforcement officials said a big reason for the increases citywide was a 2008 change in law redefining what an intimate partner is.

Before the change, couples living together were not counted under the domestic violence law. Domestic violence was considered only an attack on a current or past spouse, someone with a child in common or people related by blood or marriage.

The new law covers those in an “intimate relationship,” including teens; gays and lesbians, and heterosexuals who are just dating.

“If you beat up the girlfriend you were dating, it wouldn’t be [domestic violence under the old law],” said NYPD spokesman Paul Browne said. “Now it is.”

Some advocates blame the recession, not just the change in the law, for the increase in domestic violence reports.

Nathaniel Fields, senior vice president of shelter and hotline programs for Safe Horizon, said more study is needed.

“We don’t know if it’s change of definition or have conditions changed that are causing a higher rate of intimate partner violence?” Fields said.

Experts agree the numbers could go up even more, because the state Legislature last year made it easier to bring criminal charges against those who choke a partner.

Even with the changes, Browne said, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly still “believes [domestic violence] is generally underreported, though [the reporting has] gotten much better.”

The state numbers show 76% of the domestic violence cases in the city last year were some type of assault or related offense.

The second-highest offense was when a person was nabbed for violating an order of protection. That happened 5,332 times, which represented 18.4% of the overall domestic violence cases.

Sex offense charges made up just 5.4% of reported domestic violence cases last year.

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FACE MY ABUSE "FMA" founded in 2006 by Jacqueline Rowe - Mother, Author, Mentor and Philanthropist, is established to address domestic violence against women and girls by increasing awareness, promoting effective policies and implementing potent strategies for prevention and intervention. "FMA's" mission is to advance the health, education and security of women and girls the world over with a focus on building healthy sustainable relationships defying domestic violence and its impact on not only the victim but by extension the family as a whole transcending the community. As a platform of refuge and support, "FMA" outreach program creates safe spaces for survivors and their families to stand in solidarity and heal through shared experience releasing all pains, self doubt and baggages internalized as a result of being abused. Ms. Rowe, guided by her purpose and experience, recognizes the importance of encouraging communities to lend their voices to persons who have not yet found theirs. She believes that communities have a responsibility to be their neighbor's keeper and upon identification of abuse, it is imperative to become a fort in the transformation from victim to survivor averting burdens such as guilt and shame. Via her life coaching workshops, Jacqueline shares with victims, the tools necessary to develop the confidence needed in acknowledging their worth, building self confidence and exhibiting the life intended. To promote reach, she incorporates third party resources geared towards demonstrating alternatives and providing positive influences. Currently, "FMA" is actively seeking opportunities to align with community leaders who are advocates of domestic violence as well as entities whose corporate responsibility reflects "FMA's" mission. Jacqueline states that "I may not be where I should be but I'm where I need to be - still a student of life".

Posted on September 29, 2013, in FACE MY ABUSE, NEWS UPDATES and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

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