Public Health and Welfare
In 2014, applicants for public assistance indicated danger due to domestic violence 19,975 times, a 5.75% decrease from 2013. (OTDA)
In 2014, Family Violence Option (FVO) waivers were granted to 9,710 applicants under the Temporary Assistance Program, representing a 12% decrease from 2013. (OTDA)
Domestic Violence Services
In 2014, the number of crime victims’ claims paid to domestic violence victims was 1,744. This showed a 12% decrease from 2013. Overall, the amount of money paid for domestic violence claims has increased by 6%, from $2,504,462 in 2013 to $2,655,234 in 2014. (OVS)
The number of claims paid to sexual assault victims decreased by 11%, from 771 in 2013 to 688 in 2014, while the amount of money paid for sexual assault claims in 2014 was $849,599, down from $968,933 in 2013. (OVS)
A total of 280,995 domestic violence and sexual assault hotline calls were received in New York State in 2014, revealing a 7% decrease from the total 303,399 calls received in 2013.
- New York State’s Domestic & Sexual Violence (NYS D& SV) Hotline received 7,619 calls in 2014, a 14% decrease from 2013. (OPDV)
- The New York City Domestic Violence Hotline received 87,374 calls in 2014, a 12% decrease from 2013. (Safe Horizon)
- The OCFS-approved local domestic violence hotlines received 186,002 calls in 2014, a 5% decrease from 194,800 calls during the same time period in 2013. (OCFS)
In 2014, NYS D&SV Hotline calls came from:
Caller Type - Pie chart showing that calls to the hotline came from the following groups: Primary Victims = 81%, Perpetrators = 2%, Professionals = 5%, Secondary Victims = 4%, Other = 8%]
Ages of Primary Victims who called the Hotline in 2014:
Primary Victim Age - Bar chart showing that the age ranges of primary victims calling the Hotline in 2014 were: 0-18yrs = 72 calls; 19-24yrs = 323 calls; 25-35yrs = 638 calls; 36-45yrs = 397 calls, 46-55yrs = 323 calls; 56-64yrs = 141 calls; 65+yrs =131 calls.
In 2014, of 6,816 primary victims who called the Hotline, 87% identified as female, 12% identified as male, and the remaining identified as trans female or were recorded as “unknown.”
Outside of New York City, the Hotline received the highest call volume from the counties of Westchester (13%), Erie (10%), and Albany (7%).
There were 87 approved non-residential programs that served 41,691 adults and children in 2014. This represents only a slight (0.22%) increase from the number of adults and children who were served by the same number of approved non-residential programs in 2014. (OCFS)
In 2014, 162 domestic violence residential programs licensed by OCFS with a total of 3,041 beds served 13,654 adults and children. (OCFS)
In 2014, there were 11,924 shelter denials of adults and 12,866 shelter denials of children. (OCFS)
Of the older adults who self-reported as victims of domestic violence in 2014, 44% were referred to Adult Protective Services, 6% were referred to a police agency, 22% were referred to “Other” services not specified, and the remaining 28% were not referred for additional services. (OFA)
In 2014, the average age of older adults who self-reported as victims of domestic violence was 75.7; 67% were female and 33% were male. (OFA)
Teen Dating Abuse
In 2014, a total 921 family offense petitions were filed by individuals 21 and under. This total, which represents a 10% decrease from 1,018 in 2013, is broken down by age, as follows:
- Individuals 17-21 yrs of age: 873
- Individuals 16 and under: 48 (OCA)
Family Offense Petitions Filed by Individuals Under Age 21 - Pie chart showing the number of family offense petitions filed by individuals under age 21. In 2010, the number was 1,100, in 2011 it was 1,117, in 2012 it was 1,200, in 2013 it was 1,018, and in 2014 it was 921.]
In 2014, there were three reported Intimate Partner (IP) homicides where the victims (all females) were between 15 and 19 years of age. This number remained the same from 2013.
Since 2008, the number of IP homicides for victims 19 years of age and younger have remained relatively constant ranging from 2 to 4. Prior to 2013, the youngest IP victims were 16 years of age. However, there was one 15 year old IP homicide victim in both 2013 and 2014.
Healthcare and Substance Abuse
In 2014, the NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) treatment providers reported the following victim identification information:
- The percentage of OASAS 1 clients who self-identified as victims of domestic violence increased only slightly from 15.0% in 2013 to 15.3% in 2014. (OASAS)
- The percentage of OASAS clients who self-identified as domestic violence perpetrators increased only slightly from 7.1% in 2013 to 7.2% in 2014. (OASAS)
OASAS Client Self-Identification: DV Victims and Perpetrators - Bar chart showing that in 2013, 15% of OASAS clients self-identified as DV victims and 7.1% of OASAS clients self-identified as DV perpetrators, while in 2014, 15.3% of OASAS clients self-identified as DV victims and 7.2% of OASAS clients self-identified as DV perpetrators.
- OASAS data is self-reported by clients receiving non-crisis treatment services in the OASAS provider system. Due to a new reporting methodology, 2014 OASAS data is based on the 164,000 primary clients and significant other clients who, in 2014, reported a valid status as a DV victim or perpetrator. That data was compared to data from previous years based on this same methodology. The noteworthy trend of this data is that the number of both victims and perpetrators who are identified is increasing. This may indicate that OASAS is more effectively identifying clients’ DV status, but it may also indicate a change in client demographics.