New York

By the Numbers

Summary

  • In 2018, there were 111 reported domestic homicides in New York, 37% (n=41) of which were committed with a firearm.1
  • In 2018, domestic homicides comprised 19.5% (n=111) of all homicides (n=569) in New York.2
  • In 2015, there were 153,636 active protection orders in the National Crime Information Center for New York, 75,868 of which had a disqualifying Brady Indicator.3

Fatalities

There were 1,325 domestic homicides* between 2009 and 2018 in New York, 25.8% (n=342) of which were committed with a firearm.

In 2018, there were 111 reported domestic homicides in New York. Fifty-nine percent (n=65) of the victims were female; forty-one percent (n=46) of the victims were male. Fifty-three percent (n=59) of the reported domestic homicides were intimate partner deaths, and forty-seven percent (n=52) were other family.4

Reported Domestic Homicides (Total)
Reported Domestic Homicides by Firearm
Reported Domestic Homicides in New York, 2009-2018

Notes:

  1. New York State defines domestic homicide as murder or non-negligent manslaughter in which the victim was known to have a domestic relationship with the offender, such as an intimate partner or another family member. An “intimate partner” relationship includes spouse, ex-spouse, hetero-sexual or same-sex partner (including ex-partner) whether or not the victim and offender lived together at the time of the incident or previously. “Other family” member includes child under 18, parent, sibling or other family relationship.
  2. Domestic violence homicide victims (total) for 2009-2018 are retrieved from the Domestic Homicide in New York State 2018 Report. Domestic violence homicides by firearm were retrieved from each year’s corresponding report.
  3. The New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services releases an annual report entitled “Domestic Homicide in New York State” that includes statewide and regional statistics on domestic homicide with a focus on intimate partner homicide.

Intimate Partner Violence* Victimization and Related Impacts*

The lifetime prevalence* of any contact sexual violence*, physical violence,* and/or stalking victimization* by an intimate partner* in New York is:

Females

31.7% Experienced IPV
68.3% No IPV

Among female victims in New York who experienced contact sexual violence, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime, 56.9% were concerned for safety, 29.5% were injured, 18.5% needed medical care, and 20.0% needed legal services.5

Males

29% Experienced IPV
71% No IPV

Among male victims in New York who experienced contact sexual violence, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime, 17.4% were concerned for safety. Statistically reliable estimates of the percentage of male victims who were injured, needed medical care, or needed legal services are not available.6

Domestic Violence Protection Orders

Protection Orders Active in the National Crime Information Center for New York, 2006-2015

There were 153,636 active protection orders in the National Crime Information Center for New York in 2015, 75,868 of which had a disqualifying Brady Indicator.7*

 

Protection Orders in the National Crime Information Center
Protection Orders with Disqualifying Brady Indicator

Note:

State participation in the National Crime Information Center protection order file is voluntary, thus the extent to which states enter the orders into the system varies. Regardless of how each state refers to such orders, these records are uniformly referred to as “protection orders” in the National Crime Information Center database.

Definitions

  • Contact sexual violence: Combined measure that includes rape, being made to penetrate someone else, sexual coercion, and/or unwanted sexual contact.
  • Domestic homicide: New York State defines domestic homicide as murder or non-negligent manslaughter in which the victim was known to have a domestic relationship with the offender, such as an intimate partner or another family member. An “intimate partner” relationship includes spouse, ex-spouse, hetero-sexual or same-sex partner (including ex-partner) whether or not the victim and offender lived together at the time of the incident or previously. “Other family” member includes child under 18, parent, sibling or other family relationship.
  • Intimate partner: Romantic or sexual partner and includes spouses, boyfriends, girlfriends, people with whom they dated, were seeing, or “hooked up.”
  • Intimate partner violence: The five types of intimate partner violence measured in the NISVS include sexual violence, stalking, physical violence, psychological aggression, and control of reproductive/sexual health. Sexual violence includes rape, being made to penetrate someone else, sexual coercion, unwanted sexual contact, and non-contact unwanted sexual experiences.
  • Intimate partner violence related impacts: For each perpetrator of domestic violence, the NISVS survey asks victims about specific direct impacts related to intimate partner violence to better understand the consequences of contact sexual violence, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner.
  • Lifetime prevalence:Proportion of a population who, at some point in life, have ever experienced the characteristic or condition.
  • Protection orders with a disqualifying Brady Indicator: Protection orders related to domestic violence that have been identified as those that prohibit the individual from receiving or possessing firearms under federal law.
  • Physical violence: A range of behaviors from slapping, pushing, or shoving to severe acts that include being hit with a fist or something hard, kicked, hurt by pulling hair, slammed against something, tried to hurt by choking or suffocating, beaten, burned on purpose, or used a knife or gun.
  • Stalking victimization: Pattern of harassing or threatening tactics used by a perpetrator that is both unwanted and causes fear or safety concerns in the victim.

This page was updated May 4, 2020. Please note that data used are the most recent available data.