Reports of Domestic Violence
What does this measure?
The number of reports of domestic violence per 10,000 residents. Domestic violence includes assaults, sex offenses, and violations of orders of protection among any family members (not just spouses or intimate partners).
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 are Cayuga and Seneca counties performing?
In 2012, Cayuga's reported rate of domestic violence was 95 and Seneca's was 67, compared to 49 for the state (excluding NYC). The rates in comparison counties spanned a similar wide range, from 23 in Ontario to 91 in Onondaga. Rates were higher in some localities, including 228 in Auburn, 141 in Port Byron and 139 in Seneca Falls.
Notes about the data
The definition of domestic violence was significantly changed in 2008, making data from earlier years not comparable. It was expanded to include same-sex couples, ex-spouses and boyfriends/girlfriends. In addition, the definition was narrowed to more specifically exclude nonviolent incidents between partners.
As a rule, domestic violence tends to be underreported, and there are many inconsistencies in the data that are reported. Reporting may also be influenced by factors such as public education, outreach efforts and media publicity. National data are not available because of inconsistent definitions and reporting of domestic violence.