ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Crime data show an uptick in domestic violence across New York last year, with more than 85,000 victims, while related homicides declined sharply.
The Division of Criminal Justice Services reports 54,848 domestic violence victims outside New York City in 2012, up more than 1,700, or 3 percent, from the year before.
The New York City Police Department, using data that excludes some lower level crimes, says there were 30,428 domestic violence victims last year, an increase of 1,500.
State criminal justice officials say Wednesday the increase in police reports about domestic assaults, sex offenses and violations of protection orders may reflect an ongoing push for victims to contact authorities.
Domestic homicides dropped to 136 from 171 the year before. Authorities say it's difficult to draw conclusions from one year's data.