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TEAM GO PURPLE CAMPAIGN STOP DOMESTIC VIOLENCE .
Sgt. Eric Kroll talks Friday about the roll-out of the Maryland Lethality Assessment Program by the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police.
Pittsburgh police brass are confident a new domestic violence protocol going into effect Monday will save lives and not unduly slow down response times to other calls.
Through the new technique — which comes nearly a year after a Larimer woman was killed after a disconnected 911 call — officers responding to domestic violence calls will offer suspected victims an 11-question survey designed to determine how likely it is their partners will kill them.
Florida prosecutors said Wednesday that they would not file domestic violence charges against George Zimmerman after his girlfriend told police he had pointed a shotgun at her three weeks ago.
The move comes two days after Zimmerman submitted an affidavit from Samantha Scheibe stating she did not want “my boyfriend” charged with aggravated assault, battery and criminal mischief. She said investigators had misinterpreted her statements about the incident Nov. 18 at a home in Apopka, Seminole County, that she shared with Zimmerman.
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It is with great excitement that we announce the launch of That’s Abuse, a citywide public education campaign that seeks to connect with victims through words and images that capture the emotional impact of abuse. Starting on September 26, these images will appear on subway platforms and in subway cars and bus shelters throughout the City, as well as in City agencies, community-based organizations, and local businesses.
We are hoping that you will continue to partner with us in our effort to connect victims with free, confidential domestic violence services by displaying the poster in your public areas. The materials as well as our PSA are available for download on our website www.nyc.gov/domesticviolence. Please also join our effort on social media. You can find us on Facebook at NYC Against Domestic Violence or you may follow us on Twitter @NYCagainstabuse.
Thank you for your continued support.
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.
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.
Face My Abuse, Community Walk Oct 5th,2013 you MUST! Register online: https://facemyabuse.eventbrite.com/
Please feel free to purchase your early registration tickets for our Second Annual Domestic Violence Awareness walk
Please purchase your early registration Tickets for our Second Annual Domestic Violence Awareness walk Oct, 5th, 2013 http://facemyabuse.eventbrite.com/