In the U.S. at least one in three female homicide victims is killed by a current or former male intimate partner. 1 According to research by Everytown for Gun Safety, 57% of mass shootings involved the perpetrator killing an intimate partner or family member. 2 New York State reports an average of 76 partner homicides a year. This means that in New York, 50% of all female victims of homicide are killed by an intimate partner, while only 3% of all male victims of homicide are killed by an intimate partner. 3
The most effective way to prevent domestic violence homicides is to prevent domestic violence. Recently, new models and practices have been developed so that communities can work together to identify and help victims who are most at risk of being killed or seriously injured by an intimate partner. The basis of these models is risk assessment, management, and safety planning. Across New York State, those who work with victims or perpetrators of domestic violence are working together to increase communication and find missed opportunities for intervention and homicide prevention.
OPDV Resources for Homicide Prevention
- OPDV’s Risk Reduction Enhanced Response (RRER) Pilot Program aims to prevent intimate partner related homicides in New York State. The programs form teams of professionals to identify and respond to the domestic violence cases that are at the highest risk of danger. The RRER Program brings together partners like law enforcement, domestic violence service providers, district attorneys, and probation departments. Partners share information and carry out case-specific intervention plans. They focus on increasing both victim safety and offender accountability. RRER Program Request for Proposals (RFPs) and award announcements will be linked here when available.
- OPDV Currently Funds RRER Pilot Programs in Six Communities. The City of Troy and the City of Newburgh, led by Unity House in Troy, and Safe Homes in Orange County, were awarded in 2016. In 2017, OPDV awarded four more programs: Center for Safety and Change, ACCORD Corporation, Westchester County Office for Women, and Cayuga/Seneca Community Action Agency.
- OPDV's Risk Reduction Civil Legal Assistance (RRCLA) Program seeks to provide holistic legal services to victims of domestic violence who have been identified as having a high risk of homicide. The RRCLA Program involves a partnership of a civil legal services provider with a domestic violence program that has an existing high risk protocol. Recognizing that legal assistance is most effective when legal needs are promptly identified and addressed, this program aims to have an attorney involved with victims identified as high risk as soon as possible. RRCLA Program Request for Proposals (RFPs) and award announcements will be linked here when available.
- New York State Domestic Violence Fatality Review Initiative
- OPDV Fall 2016 Bulletin
- New York State Domestic Violence Dashboard Project
- Domestic Violence and Risk of Homicide: Know the Red Flags pdf Order Copies This 2” x 3.5” folded card provides easy-to-understand indicators of potentially dangerous or deadly domestic violence and provides concrete suggestions about how to help victims.
- Domestic Violence and Strangulation: A Guide for Victims and Professionals pdf HTML (web page) Order copies Provides information about the signs and symptoms of strangulation, and provides recommendations and resources for victims and professionals.
Frequently Asked Questions
1 Gerney, Arkadi and Parsons, Chelsea. Women Under the Gun: How Gun Violence Affects Women and 4 Policy Solutions to Better Protect Them. Center for American Progress.
2 Analysis of Mass Shootings. Everytown for Gun Safety. August 20, 2015 Report.
3 Fernandez-Lanier, Adriana. Office of Justice Research and Performance. New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services. Criminal Justice Research Report. Domestic Homicide in New York State 2015. July 2016.