Domestic violence numbers ‘tip of the iceberg’

The news: This October marks the 24th annual Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Behind the news: In Chicago, more than 12,600 people received domestic abuse services from state-funded programs in 2010, according to the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority. People of different ethnicities and races sought services at slightly different rates. Hispanics received the services at the rate of 53 per 10,000 people, while white people, African Americans and Asians sought help at the rate of 44, 46 and 48 per 10,000, respectively.To Dawn Dalton, executive director of the Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network, these numbers demonstrate that domestic violence is happening everywhere. “Domestic violence doesn’t discriminate,” Dalton said.

‘Anchors’ missing from neighborhoods

The news: In April, then-Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel announced that he supports the Chicago residency rule, saying public servants like firefighters and police officers should be “anchors” in the community. Behind the news: Of the 64 ZIP codes in Chicago, only 28 had more than 100 firefighters and police officers living in the area, according to Chicago Department of Human Resources data on city employees who were hired from 1999 to 2009. Among almost 8,500 firefighters and police officers hired during that time, the highest number, 674, live in 60655 encompassing Mount Greenwood on the city’s South Side. The second most populated is 60638 around the Clearing neighborhood on the South Side, with 556 firefighters and police officers. By contrast, some of the ZIP codes with low numbers of public employees are areas encompassing the Loop where property values are high.