"WORCESTER— Reports of domestic assaults in the city are up this year, an increase police officials say shows the need for a continued working partnership with a battered women’s advocacy agency. Police Chief Gary J. Gemme and Ginger L. Navickas, director of the YMCA of Central Massachusetts’s Daybreak program, said resources are in place to help victims of domestic violence and continue increasing awareness of the problem in the community. Crime statistics for Jan. 1 to Sept. 30 show 279 domestic aggravated assaults have been reported, which is a 24.6 percent increase over last year. There were 224 reported in 2006. The number is also 13.4 percent higher than the seven-year average.
The statistics also show simple domestic assaults increased by 20 percent so far this year, compared to last year. There have been 861 simple domestic assaults reported compared to 717 last year. This year’s number is well above — or 29.5 percent — over the seven-year average of 665.... "
Note: One little correction to the Telegram article: it is of course the YWCA, not the YMCA, where the Daybreak Program is housed.