New York City reports an alarming 12% spike in domestic violence cases last year.
Domestic violence against wives, girlfriends and ex-partners climbed by an even more troubling 17%.
Domestic violence against boyfriends and husbands also grew, but only by about a more modest 5%.
Eighteen percent of cases are for violating an existing domestic violence restraining order of protection.
Part of the rising statistics is a broadening of the definition of domestic violence to include violence between cohabiting intimate partners without children in common and dating couples, including teenagers and same-sex couples. But only part.
Many attribute the greater part of the increase in violence to the fallout of the recession.
Further jumps in the statistics are anticipated as a result of relaxation of the requirements to press criminal charges for choking an intimate partner.