Utica Police: domestic violence cases on the rise

By WKTV News

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - The Utica Police Department has released numbers of domestic violence cases that officers have responded to over the course of the past four years, and it appears that the numbers are on a staggering rise.

As of last month, the Utica Police Department responded to and documented 370 domestic violence cases, equaling out to almost 12 cases per day.

Officials said this was the highest amount of documented domestic violence cases in the past five years.

Previous years break down as follows, according to Utica Police:

2012: 370
2011: 308
2010: 351
2009: 325
2008: 273

Police want to remind residents that there is help available for domestic abuse victims.

The Utica Police Department has a dedicated domestic violence officer assigned to these case, Investigator Elizabeth Shanley. Investigator Shanley works daily with a YWCA domestic violence advocate at the police department.

In Oneida County, the YWCA Mohawk Valley has a domestic and sexual violence hotline that can be reached at 315-797-7740.

In Herkimer County, Catholic Charities of Herkimer Counties Domestic Violence Program has a 24 Hour helpline that can be reached at 315-866-0458.

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