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 Ulster County performing?
In 2015, there were 51 reports of domestic violence per 10,000 residents in Ulster County, above both the state (excluding NYC) rate of 43 and regional rate of 45. The rate of domestic violence in Ulster has increased 33% from 2009, compared to an increase of 36% in Orange and a decrease of 19% in Dutchess. The state (excluding NYC) rate decreased 5% and the region increased by 15% over the same time period. In 2015, local rates were higher in Kingston (78) and the Town of Saugerties (85).
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.