Domestic Violence Data
The Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) collects information on victims of domestic violence reported through the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) program. Victim counts are reported for the following offenses: aggravated assault, simple assault, sex offenses, and violation of protective orders (see definitions).
Domestic violence victims are identified by their relationship to the offender and are categorized as:
Intimate Partner (Female/Male) – Includes spouse, ex-spouse, and those in an intimate relationship (including dating or formerly dating relationships, whether or not the intimate partners had ever lived together).
Other Family – Includes sibling, child, grandparent, grandchild, in-law, stepparent, stepsibling, and other blood and in-law relationships.
In 2008, DCJS modified domestic violence reporting procedures to improve the quality to inform policy decisions in this important area. A summary of the modification made in 2008 can be found at: http://www.criminaljustice.ny.gov/crimnet/ojsa/crimereporting/domesticviolence.htm
NOTE: New York City Police Department has provided domestic violence victim data for the purpose of this report, but offense classification differ from the UCR definitions. Data for New York City should not be used to derive statewide counts and/or make regional comparisons (see definitions).