What does this measure?
The number of reports of domestic violence per 10,000 residents.
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 Dutchess County performing?
In 2015, there were 33 reports of domestic violence per 10,000 residents in Dutchess County, below the state (excluding NYC) rate of 43 and the regional rate of 45. The rate of reported domestic violence in Dutchess has had an overall decrease of 19% since 2009, and was the only county in the region to decrease during that timeframe. In 2015, rates of domestic violence were highest in the City of Poughkeepsie (113) and the Village of Wappingers Falls (285).
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.