Public Health and Welfare
In 2012, applicants for public assistance indicated danger due to domestic violence 21,721 times, a 7% increase from 2011. As the chart here indicates, this represents the highest number of victims indicating danger due to domestic violence in over five years. (OTDA)
In 2012, Family Violence Option (FVO) waivers were granted to 11,591 applicants under the Temporary Assistance Program, representing a 7% increase from 2011. As the chart here indicates, this increase brings the number to its highest point in over five years. (OTDA)
Domestic Violence Services
In 2012, the number of crime victims’ claims paid to domestic violence victims was 1,933. This showed a 4% decrease from 2011 and a 7% decrease from 2010. However, the amount of money paid for domestic violence claims has increased by 13% from $2,836,343 in 2011 to $3,191,279 in 2012. (OVS)
The number of claims paid to sexual assault victims decreased by 5% from 2011 to 20123, but has increased by 79% since 2007. In 2012, the amount of money paid for sexual assault claims was $4,166,111, down from $5,230,008 in 2011.4 (OVS)
A total of 329,164 domestic violence and sexual assault hotline calls were received in New York State in 2012.
- New York State’s two Domestic and Sexual Violence Hotlines received 11,234 calls in 2012, a 29% decrease from 2011. (OPDV)
- The New York City Domestic Violence Hotline received 122,751 calls in 2012, a 7% increase from 2011. (Safe Horizon)
- The OCFS-approved local domestic violence hotlines received 194,800 calls in 2012, a 2.5% increase from 2011. (OCFS)
There were 87 approved non-residential programs that served 46,000 people in 2012. This represents a 7% increase of people served from 2011. (OCFS)
There were 163 domestic violence residential programs licensed by OCFS with a total of 3,046 beds that served 7,550 adults and 9,013 children. (OCFS)
There were 12,895 shelter denials of adults in 2012 and 13,981 shelter denials of children in 2012. The most common reason cited for denial was “Facility at capacity (no beds available).”5 (OCFS)
Teen Dating Abuse
According to a National Institute of Justice study released in 2012, of the 1,200 teens under 19 years of age who filed for a civil Order of Protection for dating violence in 2009 and 2010 in NYS6:
- The petitioner was younger than the respondent, with a mean age difference of 2.92 years; while most of the victims were teen girls, most of the abusers were men averaging 20.9 years.
- Abuse alleged by petitioners included harassment (83.7%), aggravated harassment (50.9%), and assault (52.3%).
- Reabuse rate was between 27% and 28% through 2011.
In 2012, approximately 9% of high school students report being hit, slapped, or physically hurt on purpose by a boyfriend or girlfriend in the 12 months before surveyed.7
Health Care and Substance Abuse
In 2012, OASAS treatment providers reported that the percentage of overall clients self-reporting as victims of domestic violence has remained relatively steady, from 11.2% in 2010 to 11.6% in 2011 to 12.1% in 2012.
In 2012, OASAS treatment providers reported that 12% of discharged clients were identified as having been a victim of domestic violence and 23.2% of discharged clients were identified as having been a perpetrator of domestic violence, remaining relatively stable since 2010.8
- Due to a significant backlog of data entry in 2012, OVS estimates that it paid 1,219 more claims than reported, which suggests an 86% increase from 2011 in the number of claims paid to sexual assault victims.
- Due to a significant backlog of claim payments in 2012, OVS estimates the actual amount to be closer to $5,105,404. This represents a decrease closer to 2.4% from 2011, rather than the 20% decrease indicated.
- More than one denial reason is possible per family unit.
- Final Report: An Exploratory Study of Juvenile Orders of Protection as a Remedy for Dating Violence.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Youth risk behavior surveillance— United States, 2011. MMWR, Surveillance Summaries 2012; 61(no. SS-4).
- Domestic violence data from Addiction Crisis Centers are not reported to OASAS.