Domestic violence crimes have increased over 50 percent in south Queens and cops are reaching out to bring awareness to the community.
“There are laws we obey. There is a population out there that you cannot prey upon, including your family,” said Deputy Inspector Jeffrey Schiff, commanding office of the 106th Precinct.
The precinct is teaming up with the neighboring 102nd Precinct to host a seminar on domestic violence awareness on Thursday, Feb. 20 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Fair Field Pavilion, 131-10 101st Ave. in Richmond Hill.
The seminar is “open to anybody who wants to come,” Schiff said, and will feature guest speakers from the district attorney’s office, mayor’s office, social workers and psychologists.
The 2013 year-end statistics showed a 53 percent increase in domestic violence assaults in the 106th Precinct, Schiff said.
The NYPD expanded the definition of domestic violence to include all couples, spousal or not, as well as long-term roommates.
“The definition has expanded, so have the crimes,” Schiff said. “That contributes to the increase.”
During the seminar and also through efforts to curtail the crime, police will educate victims, mainly women and children, and detail how they respond to domestic violence reports, including the initial response and possible remedies for the situation.
Cops will also seek out aggressors and “educate them.”
“We want them to know this is what can happen to you should you lay hands on your family,” Schiff said.