New York CIty Council Member Ben Kallos

New York Daily News Domestic violence legislation seeks to reveal how effective orders of protection are by Anna Saunders

Domestic violence legislation seeks to reveal how effective orders of protection are

The mystery, and hopefully some of the stigma, surrounding spousal abuse would be lifted if one city councilman’s bill goes through.

Under legislation being introduced Tuesday by Councilman Ben Kallos (D-Manhattan) the city would have to disclose how many victims of domestic violence are injured or killed despite having orders of protection under new Council legislation in the works.

The bill would also mandate district attorneys and NYPD report on recidivism of domestic violence, how many survivors are hurt or killed after they called law enforcement, the outcome of cases handled by DAs and what specifically police do when incidents are called in.

Kallos said he hopes to eliminate confusion in how domestic violence incidents are reported and give the public the data necessary to enact policies to improve the lives of survivors.

“Domestic violence is an underreported problem in New York City,” Kallos said. “However, underreporting of incidents by survivors is just the tip of the iceberg. The City also has a serious issue with the differing criteria for reporting domestic violence by the NYPD and District Attorneys’ offices which have to make decisions on who to charge and what to charge them with.”

There were 44,877 radio runs related to domestic violence in the first three months of this year, according to NYPD stats. There were 191,809 such runs in 2018.

Between January and March, there were 2,121 rape, felony assault and murder complaints involving domestic violence, according to NYPD data. There were 2,042 during the same period in 2018.

Last year there was a total 8,941 rape, felony assault and murder complaints related to domestic violence, up from 8,351 in 2017.

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