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Yorktown Tops List of Domestic Violence Incidents Reported in Patch Communities

The Yorktown Police Department received 393 reports of domestic violence in 2010. Non-profit organization Hope's Door supports Violence Against Women Act.

Three-hundred-ninety-three.

That's how many calls reporting incidents of domestic violence in Yorktown, the police department received in 2010.

According to figures from the Westchester County Office for Women, there were several other municipalities that received upward of 100 domestic violence reports that year—including 115 in Sleepy Hollow, 149 in Mount Pleasant and 181 in the Village of Ossining.

Yorktown recorded 393 domestic violence incidents in the area for 2010.  

Hope's Door, a Pleasantville-based non-profit organization, is applauding the re-authorization of the federal Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), according to a press release.

"VAWA, which was first passed in 1994, expired October 2011 for the first time in 17 years," according to the release.

CarlLa Horton, executive director of Hope's Door said in the statement, "The House of Representatives must stand up for the safety of women and children and expand efforts to stop domestic violence and the intergenerational cycle of abuse."

The act was passed by the Senate this week, where Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D — NY) was among the 78-22 majority who voted in favor of the act.

"There is simply no room for partisan gamesmanship when we're talking about the safety of our families," she stated.

Hope's Door reported it has "served 765 victims of abuse in 2012.

"Of the women served, 45% had been strangled by their abusive partners and 43% reported that their partners had threatened to kill them," the statement said. "There were 944 children in the families Hope’s Door served last year."

Additional 2010 statistics from the Westchester County Office for Women (12,971 domestic violence incidents total reported to local departments):

  • 118 in Bedford
  • 16 in Briarcliff Manor
  • 24 in Bronxville
  • 49 in Croton-on-Hudson
  • 143 in Dobbs Ferry
  • 120 in Eastchester
  • 271 in Harrison
  • 98 in Hastings-on-Hudson
  • 149 in Mount Kisco
  • 149 in Mount Pleasant
  • 90 in New Castle
  • 181 in the Village of Ossining
  • 62 in Pelham
  • 33 in Pelham Manor
  • 67 in Pound Ridge
  • 44 in Scarsdale
  • 115 in Sleepy Hollow
  • 94 in Tarrytown
  • 393 in Yorktown

Editor's Note: The headline has been adjusted since its original publication. The information about domestic violence reports did not compare all Westchester municipalities, as the original headline stated. Patch regrets the error.

Jean-Francois de Laperouse February 22, 2013 at 04:06 AM
This is a terrible area in which to be first. Based on these numbers and accounting for differences in population, it appears that Yorktown has the highest rate of domestic violence in Westchester. There may be reasons why incidents are reported here more than elsewhere but there is no way of knowing this for sure until the numbers are investigated. This issue should be a priority of our local government and police department.
Evan Bray February 22, 2013 at 11:15 AM
Agreed. We don't even have any Kennedy's living in Yorktown. ;) It wasn't even close. We have like double 2nd place. Can we map it?
Evan Bray February 22, 2013 at 11:31 AM
Actually, I was thinking about it in the shower. We need a per capita number. Yorktown is huge and I think it unfairly paints us in a bad light. Population of Bedford? 17,335 Yorktown? 36,081 Chappaqua? 1,436 Ms. Studley, can you indulge us?
Evan Bray February 22, 2013 at 11:44 AM
If you divide the population by incidents, Harrison's rate of domestic violence is higher. Please change the headline.
john nardi February 22, 2013 at 12:29 PM
Its the taxes ! They can drive a guy to violence ! ......I think this number is way over inflated , probably a way to explain why an average YPD officer bases $ 75,000.00 and walks away with $170,000.00 in base pay. I've been living here for 15 years now and really dont see a whole lot of crime, accidents, fires, demonstrations, petty theaft, anythiong that would constitute doubling an officers pay in overtime ? But its all on public record and it always amazes me. So maybe its these crimes that drum up the OT and we don't see them. I guess at the very end of each guys shift a person bashes his wife and an officer has to be called in to referee and document the incident.
James Bankhart February 22, 2013 at 03:11 PM
John, can you really be that uninformed. Most of your tax bill is School Tax
Maureen Curran February 22, 2013 at 03:17 PM
I agree with the idea that "We need a per capita number. And where are the numbers for Peekskill and Yonkers?? How are you using the numbers, when they leave out two Major cities in in Westchester . I am very sure that those cities have NO Domestic Abuse!
Howard Frank February 22, 2013 at 04:16 PM
Good news ! We have a pro active Yorktown Police Department that will take on any complaint. It appears our Courts are also doing a good job.
C Gajowski February 22, 2013 at 05:13 PM
In this group. the highest incidences occur in the Villages of Mount Kisco (.014, pop.10,877) and Sleepy Hollow (.012, pop. 9870 ) followed by Town of Yorktown ( .011, pop 36081) and then Harrison (.01 - actually .0099 - pop. 26472) - using 2010 census #s. Briarcliff Manor is low -(002; pop 7867). The point is that - that's still a lot of reports, a lot of people, mostly women and children, affected by it, especially considering that most domestic violence is NOT reported. In suburbia, it is generally unheard and unseen. It used to be that it was not uniformly treated as a crime, either.
Evan Bray February 22, 2013 at 06:33 PM
Thanks for crunching the numbers. By the logic of this study, we can also conclude that Yorktown has the highest number of households UNaffected by domestic violence, no? It's a serious problem and deserves attention, but I think that someone has to drill down on those numbers to get a clearer picture of the problem. Suggestions for alternative headline: Yorktown only has 3rd highest rate of domestic abuse in the county behind Mt. Kisco and Sleepy Hollow.
My Brother Vinny February 22, 2013 at 07:17 PM
This is a sad thing to be the top of the list at. But, I was also thinking maybe Yorktown citizens do not tolerate abuse and we report it right away!
Yorktown Boy for 60yrs February 22, 2013 at 08:15 PM
This is a flawed Survey in many ways, there are many City's, Towns and Villages missing. I think if you are going to put this kind of info out and put Yorktown in this case at the top then you need to gather all info. I would think seeing Greenburgh and Cortlandt who are somewhat larger than Yorktown would give us a better idea on the numbers. The problem with this maybe that Yorktown has many hamlets and one Police Dept, and Greenburgh and Cortlandt have Multible hamlets and Multible Police Departments?
Yorktown Boy for 60yrs February 22, 2013 at 08:24 PM
This is flawed in many ways, I would like to see the numbers from Greenburgh and Cortlandt which are somewhat larger than Yorktown. I think one of the problems might be that Yorktown has many Hamlets and one Police Dept and Greenburgh and Cortlandt have many Hamlets and many Police Departments. If you are going to place Yorktown in this case on top you need all Citys, Towns and Villiges.
Teleman February 22, 2013 at 09:40 PM
The sheer number of "goombas" that inhabit yorktown is surely a contributor.
Evan Bray February 23, 2013 at 01:30 AM
OK, so in summary, this article raises a lot of valid questions. How can we best quantify domestic violence in Westchester? Here is the legal definition of "domestic violence" which is not exclusive to women. http://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/Domestic+Violence It's quite a nebulous subject, from where I sit. For example, does the following qualify as "domestic violence"? http://moheganlake.blogspot.com/2013/02/police-blotter.html Larry and Jamie share a household in Mohegan Lake. She sneaks out, makes out with 600 lb Larry, Al comes over and tries stabs Larry in the liver (he's to fat so the knife can't make contact with the liver directly). Does this incident count as "domestic violence?" I think so, but am not sure this is NOT logged as a "domestic violence" in the stats cited? Point being, this is a discussion we should have. But in depth.
CARLLA HORTON February 26, 2013 at 06:59 PM
Please contact Hope's Door at 747-0828 x 1002 if you want more complete analysis of reports from the different towns in the county. Yorktown did have 393 reports - but other towns had significantly more. Those towns were not on the list above. Yonkers, for example, had 2,499 reports. If you factor in population, Yorktown was ranked 16th on the complete list with 10.8 reports per 1,000 population. Mount Vernon had the highest ranking at 39.1 reports per 1,000 population. Sincerely, CARLLA HORTON HOPE'S DOOR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Buzz351 February 26, 2013 at 07:41 PM
If I'm a betting man John Nardi drives around with a " HOPE AND CHANGE" bumper sticker on his Subaru and blames Bush for the current demise of this country
Gay French-Ottaviani February 27, 2013 at 05:21 PM
It is interesting that out of all the clients we served last year, only 43% of them made reports to the police. So there are an awful lot of victims of domestic violence that don't document the abuse. From my long experience, I am inclined to say that the police stations that have more reports are not just because there are more cases of DV but more often because these police are diligent and knowlegable about the importance of documenting the domestic incidents according to the full measure of the law. I would go further to say, carefully investigated and documented DIR's can save lives of the victims and their children particularly when the victims are connected by a kindly officer to DV agencies like Hope's Door. Here's to the hero officers that have done just that! Gay French-Ottaviani, LCSW,CP Senior Domestic Violence Counselor Hope's Door, Pleasantville
Don Peters Jr February 28, 2013 at 05:17 PM
@John Nardi. I guess I'm not the average Officer who makes $170,000. Let me know who does?

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