Introduction From the Executive Director
The 2014 annual New York State Domestic Violence Dashboard contains data from 2007 through 2014. After eight years of collecting information from a broad range of agencies, many trends confirm what providers are seeing in the field. We also continue to add information each year as more agencies include screening for domestic violence into their regular practice.
In 2014, the number of intimate partner homicides was at its lowest point since reporting began in 2008, and although strangulation offenses charged in arrests and arraignments were up slightly in NYC, they were down 4% in rest of state. Similarly, while use of firearms in intimate partner homicides increased slightly from 32% in 2012 to 32.5% in 2013, that number dropped to 29% in 2014. As these numbers have gone down, we have also seen important increases in other areas. For example, the number of domestic violence probation cases added to local probation department caseloads increased 26% from 2012 to 2013 and another 20% in 2014, representing a significant rise in the number of domestic violence offenders under long-term supervision within the community. As a result, a greater number of survivors were able to have ongoing contact with probation as a useful resource when developing or changing their safety plans and staying informed about the status and accountability of their abusers.
Once again, we saw a decrease in the number of hotline calls to the statewide Domestic & Sexual Violence Hotline, as well as to the New York City Domestic Violence Hotline and to the local domestic violence hotlines that are licensed and approved by the NYS Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS). Overall, calls decreased by 7% from 2013 to 2014, 5% of which came from the OCFS-approved local domestic violence hotlines. In 2014, OCFS also maintained the same 162 licensed, residential programs with a total of 3,041 beds, and the same 87 non-residential programs throughout the state. However, the number of adults and children receiving residential domestic violence services dropped 12% from 2013, while the number of adults and children receiving domestic violence non-residential services remained relatively stable with only a slight 0.2% increase. Understandably, the decrease in individuals seeking residential services also resulted in a 4.5% decrease in shelter denials from 2013 to 2014. Since OCFS data was not included in our published 2013 Domestic Violence Dashboard report, we encourage you to refer to the full Domestic Violence Prevention Act 2013 Annual Report on the OCFS website for more detailed information about the wide range of essential services and resources OCFS provides to adults and children statewide.
Last year, we added a new data point to the Dashboard by partnering with the New York State Office for the Aging (OFA) in an effort to examine whether and how older adults are being screened for domestic violence and what services and resources they are seeking in response. While 2014 data remained relatively stable, we now have the ability to examine trends and needs specific to older adults who are survivors of domestic and family violence, especially important given the growing population of older adults in our communities.
The source agency for data referenced in each statement is indicated at the end of the sentence. Published source material is footnoted. Statistics cited represent data for the 2014 calendar year and are statewide, unless otherwise indicated. The
offered a full explanation of each system from which this data was taken, including an explanation of terminology. Since then, we have only explained data points that are new that year.
Thank you for reviewing the eighth annual Dashboard. This comprehensive resource reflects a commitment across agencies to screen for domestic violence, and share their information with all of you. OPDV staff work diligently to compile and present it in a way we hope will be of use. Data is only part of the story, but it is an important part.