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 our region performing?
In 2015, there were 45 reports of domestic violence per 10,000 residents in the Mid-Hudson Valley region, just above the state (excluding NYC) rate of 43. The rate of reported domestic violence has increased 15% since 2009, compared to a 5% decline at the state level. The rate grew the most in Orange, increasing 36%, similar to the 33% increase in Ulster. Both were in contrast to Dutchess, which had a decrease of 19% since 2009.
Port Jervis (128) and Newburgh (174) in Orange and Poughkeepsie (113) in Dutchess had the highest rates of domestic violence in the region in 2015. Wappingers Falls, Middletown, Goshen, and Walden also had high rates of over 100.
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.