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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 2017, there were 54 victims of domestic violence per 10,000 residents in the region, above the state (excluding NYC) rate of 42. Victims of domestic violence were down 12% in the region and 16% in Monroe County since 2009. Monroe had the highest rate among the counties at 65, which was driven by the rate in the City of Rochester of 127 per 10,000 residents. Rates in the surrounding counties were below the state (excluding NYC) rate, except for Wayne (47 per 10,000 residents), Orleans (51 per 10,000 residents), and Genesee (57 per 10,000 residents) in 2017.

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
200920102011201220132014201520162017
NYS (excluding NYC)454847494644434242
Region616965635754545254
Monroe788983786863646465
Surrounding Counties343637393939373335
Genesee314150504676666357
Livingston322528312626252731
Ontario232721232419191416
Orleans444239424537384451
Seneca353140676051514537
Wayne646154556452513747
Wyoming111323252526222021
Yates4047272237303126
Rochester151181157143125111117118127
Batavia4593111123119147142134118
Canandaigua11717412112511511513095104
Geneva444203941192228

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




Number of Domestic Violence Victims
200920102011201220132014201520162017
NYS (excluding NYC)50,83953,36153,13454,84852,25349,37348,15147,32146,792
Region7,3938,3597,9717,6476,9406,5486,5296,3246,487
Monroe5,7866,6436,2325,8065,0924,7094,8044,7894,867
Surrounding Counties1,6071,7161,7391,8411,8481,8391,7251,5351,620
Genesee184243302300271447384368330
Livingston210162181200168169163176197
Ontario243291230248259212211157181
Orleans188181168177189156158181207
Seneca123110143236210178178158126
Wayne600572500508592477465336428
Wyoming485695104104108918187
Yates101120685592757864
Rochester3,1933,8213,3213,0092,6352,3282,4412,4722,642
Batavia69143170187180220211198173
Canandaigua12418412813112112013598107
Geneva555275254252836

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











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