Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence

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Domestic Violence Homicide Prevention

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


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New York State Homicide Reduction Programs.


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.