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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 2018, there were 59 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 3% in the region and 4% in Monroe County since 2009. Monroe had the highest rate among the counties at 75, which was driven by the rate in the City of Rochester of 159 per 10,000 residents. Rates in the surrounding counties were below the state (excluding NYC) rate, except for Wayne (43 per 10,000 residents), Orleans (45 per 10,000 residents), and Genesee (59 per 10,000 residents) in 2018.

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
2009201020112012201320142015201620172018
NYS (excluding NYC)45484749474443424241
Region61696563575454525459
Monroe78898378686364646675
Surrounding Counties34363739393937333534
Genesee31415050467666635759
Livingston32252831262625283125
Ontario23272123241919141723
Orleans44423942453738445145
Seneca35314067605151453735
Wayne64615455645251374743
Wyoming11132325252622202218
Yates404727223730312619
Rochester151181158143125111117119128159
Batavia4593111123120147142135119115
Canandaigua11717412112511511513095104113
Geneva44420394119222829

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




Number of Domestic Violence Victims
2009201020112012201320142015201620172018
NYS (excluding NYC)50,83953,36153,13454,84852,25349,37348,15147,32146,79245,558
Region7,3938,3597,9717,6476,9406,5486,5296,3246,4877,126
Monroe5,7866,6436,2325,8065,0924,7094,8044,7894,8675,553
Surrounding Counties1,6071,7161,7391,8411,8481,8391,7251,5351,6201,573
Genesee184243302300271447384368330342
Livingston210162181200168169163176197161
Ontario243291230248259212211157181258
Orleans188181168177189156158181207182
Seneca123110143236210178178158126120
Wayne600572500508592477465336428390
Wyoming48569510410410891818773
Yates10112068559275786447
Rochester3,1933,8213,3213,0092,6352,3282,4412,4722,6423,281
Batavia69143170187180220211198173167
Canandaigua12418412813112112013598107116
Geneva55527525425283637

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











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