Public Health and Welfare
In 2009, the number of applicants for public assistance who indicated danger due to domestic violence was 20,909, a 17% increase from 2009 and a 41% increase from 2007. (OTDA)
The following bar chart shows the approximate number of applicants for temporary assistance who indicated danger due to domestic violence and the approximate number of Family Violence Option Waivers Granted: 14,000 and 8,000 in 2007, 17,500 and 10,000 in 2008, and 20,000 and 11,000 in 2009.
In 2009, Family Violence Option (FVO) waivers were granted to 11,312 applicants under the Temporary Assistance Program, a 12% increase from 2008 and a 32% increase from 2007. (OTDA)
Every county in New York State has at least one trained Domestic Violence Liaison (DVL) and one trained back up. Over 440 DVLs and other public assistance workers were trained on domestic violence in 2009. (OPDV, OTDA)
Domestic Violence Services
Crime victims’ claims for financial reimbursement from domestic violence victims increased 25% from 2008 and 40% from 2007, and claims from sexual assault victims increased 17% from 2008 and 78% from 2007. (OVS)
Over 335,000 domestic violence and sexual assault hotline calls were received in New York State in 2009:
- New York State’s two Domestic and Sexual Violence Hotlines received 16,725 calls in 2008, an 8% decrease from 2009. (OPDV)
- The New York City Domestic Violence Hotline received 137,077 calls representing a 2% increase from 2008. (Safe Horizon)
- The 95 local domestic violence hotlines received 186,046 calls in 2009. (OCFS)1
There were 87 OCFS-approved non-residential domestic violence programs that served 45,943 adults and children in 2009. This represents an increase of people served of 8% from 2008 and 13% from 2007. (OCFS)
Domestic Violence Shelter Services2
There were 163 domestic violence residential programs licensed by OCFS with a total of 3,006 beds, 10 transitional housing programs with 707 beds, and 5 safe home networks containing 32 safe homes. (OCFS)
In 2009, 15,692 people received emergency shelter in New York State. Over half of them were children, with 7,118 adults and 8,574 children housed. (OCFS)
Over 13,800 adults and 16,000 children were denied shelter, an increase of almost 6,000 individuals from 2008. The most common reason cited for denial was “facility at capacity”. (OCFS)
Teen Dating Violence
In 2009, almost 900 individuals under the age of 21 filed family offense petitions in New York State Family Courts under the recently expanded definition of “intimate relationship”.3 (OCA)
Three teens between the ages of 16 and 19 were killed by their intimate partner in 2009. The same number of teens in that age range were killed by their intimate partner in 2008 and 2007. (DCJS)
- This number should not be compared to the local domestic violence hotline statistic cited on the 2009 Domestic Violence Dashboard, as that data reflected the total number of calls from March 2008 - March 2009. Therefore, there are three months of overlap between the statistics for 2008 and 2009.
- NYS Office of Children and Family Services, The Domestic Violence Prevention Act 2009 Annual Report.
- See footnote 3 under Courts.