Domestic Violence Data

UCR Reported Domestic Violence Related Offenses

Aggravated Assault - An unlawful attack by one person upon another for the purpose of inflicting severe or aggravated bodily injury. This type of assault usually is accompanied by the use of a weapon or by means likely to produce death or great bodily harm.  This includes the offenses of menacing in the first, second, and third degree.

Simple Assaults - Assaults and attempted assaults which are not of an aggravated nature and do not result in serious injury to the victim. Harassment, stalking, intimidation, coercion, and hazing are included.

Sex Offenses - Includes offenses of rape, statutory rape, sodomy, incest, and sexual abuse.

Violation of Protective Order – Violation of a court order by the person for which the order was issued against. Note:  These tables exclude “other violent offenses”; the 2008 definition changes for this category were not fully implemented in 2011. See http://www.criminaljustice.ny.gov/crimnet/ojsa/crimereporting/domesticviolence.htm

NYPD Reported Domestic Violence Related Offenses

New York City 2011 data appears in a temporary format while the NYPD's Uniform Crime Reports are being developed. While the rest of the state used UCR crime categories of "aggravated assault" and "simple assault", NYC data instead shows the categories of "felonious assault" and "assault third degree & related offenses". The statistical tabulations presented for New York City are derived from top charge of the reported complaint and the relationship/intimate partner information collected by the NYPD crime reporting system. 

Note: On November 11, 2010 a new Strangulation and Related Offenses law was enacted which impacts the 2011 NYC Domestic Violence statistics.

Strangulation 2nd degree, a new Felony offense, contains incidents that would have been previously classified as Assault 3rd degree a misdemeanor. There were 1,458 domestic violence related Strangulation 2nd degree Felonies recorded in 2011 that previously would have been recorded as Assault 3rd degree.  As a result, there were 5,925 domestic violence related Felony Assaults recorded in New York City in 2011.  Under the previous law 4,467 Domestic Violence Felony Assaults would have been recorded in New York City for 2011.

Prior to the New Strangulation laws, Criminal Obstruction of Breathing offenses which are now classified as Assault 3rd degree (a misdemeanor), would have been classified as Harassment a violation.  There were 1,650 domestic violence related Criminal Obstruction of Breathing offenses recorded in New York City in 2011.  As a result of the new law the Assault 3rd degree category lost 1,458 offences to the Felony Assault category while simultaneous gaining 1,650 offenses from the Harassment violation category.  Without these reclassifications 15,875 Assault 3rd degree offenses would have been recorded in New York City for 2011.  

Felony Assault – Includes felony assaults as defined by Article 120 of the New York State Penal Law.

Assault 3 & Related Offenses – Includes all non-felony assaults as defined by Article 120 of the New York State Penal Law.

 

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