Long Island seeing rise in domestic violence

Victims of domestic violence shared their stories at an annual ceremony in Hauppauge Thursday as new statistics indicate the problem is getting worse.

A new state report finds that domestic violence, including murders, are on the rise. In Suffolk, there were seven domestic violence murders in 2007 and 11 in 2008. In Nassau, there were four in 2007 and nine in 2008.

Experts believe the economy is partially to blame as money problems can make people desperate. The Victims' Information Bureau of Suffolk says it?s received 1,000 more phone calls into its crisis hotline than at this time last year.

Victims Information Bureau of Suffolk: 631-360-3606 Brighter Tomorrows: 631-395-1800

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