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 Orange County performing?
In 2015, there were 51 reports of domestic violence per 10,000 residents in Orange County, above the state (excluding NYC) rate of 43 and the regional rate of 45. Since 2009, the rate of domestic violence in Orange has grown 36%, compared to an increase of 33% in Ulster and a decrease of 19% in Dutchess during the same time period. The state (excluding NYC) experienced a slight decrease (5%).
Port Jervis (174 per 10,000 residents) had the highest rate of reported domestic violence in 2015, while Newburgh (128), Middletown (114) , Village of Walden (124), and the Village of Goshen (106) also had high rates.
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.