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Alarming number of kids killed in domestic violence incidents in New York State in 2010

In domestic law on August 23, 2011 at 2:12 pm

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Domestic violence murders jumped 10% in New York last year.
Domestic violence murders jumped 10% in New York last year.

ALBANY – Domestic violence murders jumped 10% in New York last year – and it’s kids who are increasingly getting caught in the cross hairs.

A new report by the state Criminal Justice Services division determined 37 minors were killed in domestic violence incidents in the Empire State last year, up from 17 in 2009.

And the jump appears to be largely city-centric, with 25 kids killed last year, compared with seven in 2009.

“All of those trends are alarming,” said Michele McKeon, chief executive officer of the New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

The surge in children’s deaths drove the overall number of domestic violence deaths in the state to 144, including 77 that took place in the five boroughs, the report found.

In 2009, domestic violence resulted in 131 deaths, down from 147 in 2008.

The Daily News reported earlier this month that the total reported domestic violence cases in the city rose more than 12% last year.

Attacks on women by “intimate partners” went up even more – 17.3%.

Advocates blamed a combination of factors for the increases but pointed to a tough economy and funding cutbacks for prevention and awareness programs as key reasons.

“The sense is that there are more and more requests for service, and certainly less services are available,” McKeon said.

McKeon said state funding for domestic violence programs has dropped from just over $3 million three years ago to $510,000 now.

“Unless we are talking about prevention, we are just putting Band-Aids on bullet holes,” McKeon said.

Officials told reporters yesterday that the state is undertaking a number of steps to stem domestic violence, including new training programs for police officers.

NYPD chief spokesman Paul Browne argued that last year’s figures were an anomaly, noting that so far this year homicides for children ages 9 through 17 are down 27% and that slayings of kids even younger are down 45%.

One bright spot in the state report was a 19% drop last year in homicides committed by the victim’s “intimate partner” – 73, down from 90.

The report also showed that 44% of adult female homicide victims in the state were killed by their husband, boyfriend or girlfriend. “That means the least safe place for a woman in New York State is her own home and that the person that’s most likely to kill that woman is a loved one,” said acting Criminal Justice Services Commissioner Sean Byrne



Lethal anger at home on rise

In domestic law on August 23, 2011 at 1:09 pm

State report notes a 10 percent hike in slayings by family members

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On Friday, with their young children at his parents’ house, the 51-year-old Saratoga County man strangled his wife, also 51, and then killed himself with a shotgun, according to police. His father discovered the bodies in the couple’s home on Military Road when he stopped by to pick up clothes for the Monacchios’ daughter, 11, and son, 15, Cynthia’s sister said.

“It’s the epitome of the word ‘tragedy,'” Patricia Voshell of Millington, Md., said Monday in a phone interview. “Their marriage was over. It was done, and my sister was ready to move on.”

Voshell spoke on the same day the state Division of Criminal Justice Services released a report showing that the number of household homicides committed by family members in New York rose 10 percent to 144 in 2010. They were among 862 homicides in the state, up from 782 in 2009, according to the report.

Police on Monday blamed “marital problems” for the horrific violence. An autopsy concluded that her husband choked his wife before shooting himself.

The Monacchios were married 15 years, and moved to Saratoga County several years ago, Voshnell said. Cynthia Monacchio grew up in Millington, Md., and attended college in Delaware. She worked as a bookkeeper for a recycling company, and her husband worked at a Target store, Voshnell said.

Voshnell suspects an argument may have sparked a moment of lethal anger. Robert Monacchio Jr. was not known as a violent person, she said, adding that they both loved their children but that their relationship was beyond repair.

“I’m angry at him for taking my sister from me, but I can’t say that I hate him,” Voshnell said. “They went at each other. It’s never black-and-white.”

“One or the other probably should have moved out, but they didn’t want to disrupt the kids,” Voshnell said. “Now, they are really disrupted.”

Friday’s murder-suicide marks at least the fourth incidence in five months of domestic violence fatalities. Last month, Douglas Cunningham, 52, shot his ex-wife, Kathleen Brados, 47, and then took his own life in their Lake George home. Also in July, Matthew Slocum, 23, fatally shot his mother, Lisa Coon Harrington, 44, stepfather Dan Harrington, 41, and stepbrother, Joshua O’Brien, 24, before setting their Washington County home ablaze, police said.

Last year in New York, homicides committed by intimate partners living together totaled 73, down 19 percent from the previous two years, according to the state’s 2010 Domestic Homicide Report. Women were at the greatest risk for violence at the hands of someone they knew: 62 of 141 — 44 percent — of the adult female homicide victims in the state in 2010 were killed by a partner, according to the report.

“Domestic violence is a serial crime,” said Sean Byrne, acting commissioner of the state Division of Criminal Justice Services. “We know who the offender is, who the victim is and where the crime is likely to occur, but we don’t know when.”

In March, James A. Barnes, 41, murdered his wife, Tonya E. Barnes, 40, at their home in Milton after a family dispute, police said. He then hanged himself.

DAY — Cynthia Monacchio no longer loved her husband, but stayed with him to help raise their children, her sister said. She also said Robert Monacchio Jr. didn’t want his wife to leave him and sought counseling to try to save the marriage.
Joint funeral services for the couple are tentatively scheduled to be conducted in Day at the end of the week.



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