ROME, NY-- A Rochester man is facing charges after police say he made threatening phone calls and ordered gun magazines to his estranged wife in Rome.
"She was receiving gun magazine subscriptions in the mail that were addressed to her at her new residence that she was living at," said Jeff Lanigan, a detective with the Rome Police Department. "She was also receiving hang up phone calls at all hours of the night, endless numbers of them. She revealed that whole harassment to us and that's what opened up a full investigation."
Lanigan said officers often deal with domestic violence cases.
"A majority of our calls that the Rome Police Department responds to are domestic violence related, whether it's just an argument or physical attack or it's just on the harassment level," he said.
Dianne Stancato, CEO of YWCA Mohawk Valley, said each year the organization assists roughly 2,800 domestic violence victims.
"The victim has to reach out in our opinion here at the Y[WCA], that's why we're here to reach out for help and guidance and help to handle the situation," she said. "We can do a safety plan with the victim and we can accompany them through the court process, because at that point they really do need to seek help with the court system for an order protection, file some charges based on the situation and really have supported help along the process."
Aikens was taken into police custody and he is scheduled to appear in city court. The victim has been offered counseling.
For more information or for help with a domestic violence situation contact the following numbers:
National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233
YWCA Mohawk Valley: 315-797-7740
Catholic Charities of Herkimer County: 315-894-9917
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