Domestic homicides increased in NY last year


   The state Division of Criminal Justice Services reported this morning that domestic homicides were up by 7.3 percent last year, to 147 cases, while other homicides increased 2.6 percent.

   Nearly 18 percent of the 830 homicides in New York last year were classified as domestic homicides, meaning they involved intimate partners, children or other family members.

    “We’re approaching one in five homicides last year that involved domestic violence,” said Denise O’Donnell, Gov. David Paterson’s deputy secretary for public safety.

   Of the 91 intimate partners who lose their lives last year, 68 percent were women, according to the state report.

   Domestic homicides in which children were killed were down 31 percent from 2007 to 2008, to 25 cases.

   These are the numbers of domestic homicides and all homicides by county last year:Broome, 1/2

Chemung, 0/4

Chenango, 0/2

Cortland, 1/1

Dutchess, 0/5

Erie, 5/39

Genesee, 2/2

Monroe, 7/48

Niagara, 2/5

Orleans, 1/1

Putnam, 1/2

Rockland, 0/2

Tompkins, 1/2

Ulster, 2/5

Wayne, 1/1

Westchester, 7/27

New York City, 75/523

(Counties that didn’t have any homicides aren’t included in the list.)


About Author


  1. Bloated Staff Monitor on

    Deputy Secretary for Public Safety. That says it all. E pluribus unum. I wonder if she will call for less funding for child safety since the homicide numbers are down 31%.

  2. I thought the Westchester District Attorney was running for re-election on a record of violent crime being down in the County under her watch???????