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Domestic violence arrests increase in State of New York

When couples argue disputes can become quite heated. Emotions usually are running high and people are not thinking reasonably during these times. This is how many domestic violence incidents end up occurring. Recently released crime reports show that there has been an increase in domestic violence in New York that affected over 85,000 victims.

There were 54,848 victims of domestic violence located outside of New York City in 2012, according to statistics released by the state's Division of Criminal Justice Services. This is a large increase from the previous year. Compared to 2011, the recent report showed that this statistic increased by over 1,700 victims, which is approximately a three percent increase. Other data reported by the New York Police Department, which excluded various lower level criminal offenses, reported 30,428 victims of domestic violence in 2012. 

However, authorities have stated that the increase in the statistics could also partially reflect a push for victims to report incidences to the police. Men were found to be more likely to kill their significant other during a domestic violence dispute compared to women. However, men did account for 523 victims during 2012, while only 14 men were killed by their significant other during a domestic violence incident.

Those who are arrested for a domestic violence incident could end up facing serious consequences if they are convicted of a crime. This could include significant time behind bars. However, suspects have a right to defend themselves in the court of law against any criminal allegations in New York. Many times the story behind the incident is not as straight forward as it appears; however, one must communicate this effectively in court in order to achieve a successful result.

Source: 

chroniclenewspaper.com, "NY data show uptick in 2012 domestic violence," Michael Virtanen, Aug. 5, 2013

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