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Reports of domestic violence on the rise in New York

The legal issues in family law are a broad area that encompasses far more than just the mechanics of filing for divorce. A person considering divorce has several other issues to consider, including custody, mediation, child support, alimony and even domestic violence which are all issues that a person may find within the family law category.

According to recently released crime data from the New York Division of Criminal Justice Services, reports of domestic violence have gone up across the state. From October 2011 to September 2012, New York City saw around 840 reports of domestic violence. However, from October 2012 to July 2013, that number jumped to over 1,300. Outside New York City there were over 54,000 reported incidents of domestic violence in 2012 — a 3 percent increase from the previous year.

While the numbers are certainly sad, some experts argue that the rise in reported assaults may have less to do with an increase in actual incidents and more to do with a rise in the number victims who reach out and report domestic violence to the authorities. Other factors cited by authorities for the increase include an increase in overall enforcement efforts and a number of new laws penalizing domestic abuse offenders.

While the reason for the increase remains unclear, too often the victims of domestic violence fail to report abuse for fear of extraneous family legal issues, such as losing custody of young children. Whatever the reason is for not reporting abuse, it is important that victims know that the law is on their side. There are numerous tools and resources available to the victims of domestic violence. The first step is to reach out.

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