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Source: New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services

What does this measure?

The number of victims of domestic violence per 10,000 residents. Domestic violence includes assaults, sex offenses, and violations of orders of protection among any family members (not just spouses or intimate partners).

Why is this important?

Domestic violence has unique negative effects on victims and families. Domestic violence can cause serious and permanent emotional and psychological damage, which hurts one's quality of life and ability to contribute to society and perform at work.

How is our region performing?

In 2020, there were 57 victims of domestic violence per 10,000 residents in the region, above the state (excluding NYC) rate of 41. Victims of domestic violence were down 6% in the region and 13% in Monroe County since 2009. Monroe had the highest rate among the counties at 67, which was driven by the rate in the City of Rochester of 149 per 10,000 residents. Rates in the surrounding counties were below the state (excluding NYC) rate, except for Genesee (69 per 10,000 residents), Seneca (51 per 10,000 residents), Wayne (46 per 10,000 residents), and Orleans (45 per 10,000 residents) in 2020.

Notes about the data

The definition of domestic violence was significantly changed in 2008, making data from earlier years not comparable. The definition was expanded to include same-sex couples, ex-spouses and boyfriends/girlfriends. In addition, it was narrowed to exclude more specifically nonviolent incidents between partners.

As a rule, domestic violence tends to be underreported, and there are many inconsistencies in the data. In addition, reporting may be influenced by factors such as public education, outreach efforts and media stories. Comparable national data were not available.

Victims of Domestic Violence
200920102011201220132014201520162017201820192020
NYS (excluding NYC)454847494744434242414141
Region616965635754545254595957
Monroe788983786863646466757267
Surrounding Counties343637393939373335343741
Genesee314150504676666357596369
Livingston322528312626252831253131
Ontario232721232419191417242932
Orleans444239424537384451454145
Seneca353140676051514637353551
Wayne646154556452513747434846
Wyoming111323252526222022181517
Yates4047272237303126192632
Monroe County Local Areas
Rochester151181158143125111117119128159157149
Regional Cities
Batavia4593111123120148143135119115135137
Canandaigua11717412112511511513095104113145127
Geneva444203941192228293752

Source: New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services
Notes: Accurate data were not available for Yates for 2009.




Number of Domestic Violence Victims
200920102011201220132014201520162017201820192020
NYS (excluding NYC)50,83953,36153,13454,84852,25349,37348,59047,32146,79245,55845,63847,042
Region7,3938,3597,9717,6476,9406,5486,5296,3246,4877,1267,0707,002
Monroe5,7866,6436,2325,8065,0924,7094,8044,7894,8675,5535,3555,123
Surrounding Counties1,6071,7161,7391,8411,8481,8391,7251,5351,6201,5731,7151,879
Genesee184243302300271447384368330342361405
Livingston210162181200168169163176197161192189
Ontario243291230248259212211157181258322361
Orleans188181168177189156158181207182167180
Seneca123110143236210178178158126120119171
Wayne600572500508592477465336428390428423
Wyoming485695104104108918187736070
Yates101120685592757864476680
Monroe County Local Areas
Rochester3,1933,8213,3213,0092,6352,3282,4412,4722,6423,2813,2333,142
Regional Cities
Batavia69143170187180220211198173167194214
Canandaigua12418412813112112013598107116147134
Geneva555275254252836374766

Source: New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services
Notes: Accurate data were not available for Yates for 2009.











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