Supporting victims of domestic violence in New York

- With reported domestic violence increasing across the city, New York City officials gathered Wednesday to announce a barrage of policy changes aimed at helping victims. New York City fields 800 domestic violence calls a day.

Of the 350 homicides in the city last year, nearly 50 of those killed were victims of domestic violence. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced his support for paid safe leave legislation to be presented to the City Council, saying safe leave is as important as sick leave.

The mayor also announced the city will provide free lawyers to help victims who face losing their housing.

Not only is domestic violence increasing, it is a reoccurring problem. Nearly two-thirds of those arrested for it are re-arrested again within the next five years.

The city plans to have these new services available to victims of domestic violence beginning December 1. Officials encourage anybody who knows of this crime being committed to call 311.

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