Domestic dispute calls in Hudson increase
Roger Hannigan Gilson is reporting in the Register-Star statistics released by the Hudson Police Department this week show that while service calls in the city concerning property crimes and quality of life decreased, domestic dispute calls sharply increased in 2015. The more than 170 percent spike in domestic abuse calls from 2013 through 2015, was attributed to a greater willingness on the part of victims to contact law enforcement, but chief Edward Moore said he believed actual cases of domestic abuse are up. Both Community Action of Greene County and REACH, a crime victims advocacy group, report spikes in domestic abuse during the past year. A spokesperson for Community Action said more than 1,400 hotline calls were made from Columbia and Greene counties during the year. During that time, 61 orders of protection were issued in Columbia County, and 70 in Greene. Police define domestic incidents as a conflict between two people who are related or in a relationship regardless of age or gender. This category does not include calls for roommate disputes. Read the full story in the Register-Star.