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Cops battle spike in domestic violence

NYPD to host seminar on Feb. 20

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Posted: Thursday, February 20, 2014 10:30 am | Updated: 11:20 am, Thu Feb 27, 2014.

Two South Queens police precincts are teaming up to hold a seminar on preventing domestic violence, which has become a major crime issue in the area.

Domestic violence incidents in the 102nd and 106th Precincts have risen more than 50 percent in the past year. To help combat the spike, the precincts will hold a seminar on domestic violence Feb. 20 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Fairfield Pavilion, 131-10 101 Ave. in Richmond Hill.

The seminar will feature tips for all victims, especially women and children, and detail how police respond to reports of domestic violence, including the initial response and possible remedies.

“This has been a big issue in the community and we want to educate the public on it and provide tips on how to handle a domestic situation and explain how we handle it,” said Officer Jose Severino, of the 102nd Precinct, at the Feb. 11 Community Board 9 meeting.

Felony assault complaints have jumped in both precincts in the past year and a half, driven by the rise in domestic violence, according to the commanding officers of both precincts. In the 106th, felony assaults were the only category that saw a jump last year when compared to 2001 — about 25 percent. Felony assaults were up a third in the 102nd Precinct last year versus 2001.

Domestic violence has been linked to several murders and attempted murders in the two precincts, including three in the 102nd — two women in Richmond Hill and Ozone Park respectively last year and the murder of a Richmond Hill man in the 106th Precinct, allegedly killed by his longtime girlfriend. Earlier this month, a man allegedly shot his girlfriend in the head in Kew Gardens.

According to the NYPD, the definition of domestic violence includes all couples, spousal or not, as well as long-term roommates, which is an expansion of the policy that once only covered married couples. Police sources in both precincts say the majority of reports of domestic violence have been from unmarried couples.

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