A New York City Council report found domestic violence is on the rise in the city’s public housing developments—a key factor in the spike in NYCHA crime, reported the Daily News.
The report, which will be released today, found that the number of domestic violence incidents more than doubled in the last four years– from 809 in 2009, to 1,642 in 2013– a 100 percent increase, which is far more than the 25% increased noted citywide.
The report also notes that the disparity likely is linked to the city’s dilemma of trying to balance the housing needs of homeless families and domestic violence victims since the NYPD says domestic violence arrests now account for 31% spike in major crime at city Housing Authority developments over the past five years.
At the same time, the city now hosts a record number of homeless families in its shelter system. In response, Mayor Bill de Blasio is working to move homeless families to the front of the line for NYCHA, promising to provide 750 of these families with public housing each year over the next three years.