New York State’s Multi-Faceted Approach to Reducing Intimate Partner Homicides

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90 Minutes

Originally Aired
April 6, 2021

Ellen C. Schell
Ellen C. Schell, JD
General Counsel
NYS Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence

Every day in the United States, an average of three intimate partner homicides occur, and these incidents often result in multiple deaths. Although Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) homicides are rare occurrences compared to IPV as a whole, they are dangerous and expensive for the communities in which they happen. The cost to the families of the victims and the perpetrators is incalculable. These homicides make clear, in a very public and undeniable way, the danger of intimate partner violence. They also, however, provide an opportunity to identify improvements to systems and services that might ultimately help the millions of victims of intimate partner violence whose lives are seriously affected by it, but who do not pay the ultimate price.

Since 2010, New York State has been actively involved in understanding and preventing IPV homicides. A number of different methods are being used, such as enacting legislation that limits offenders’ access to firearms, conducting intensive reviews of domestic violence-related homicides, and awarding grant funds to service providers throughout the state. This workshop will provide an overview and discussion of the various methods being used to achieve the goal of reducing IPV homicides in New York State, and an analysis of the challenges and successes of those efforts. Participants will have the opportunity to work in small groups to develop ideas for programs that could be implemented in their own states, counties, or municipalities to address the problem of IPV homicide.


As a result of this webinar, participants will be better able to:

  • Recognize the scope, dynamics, and indicators of intimate partner homicide.
  • Identify the methods New York State is using to address IPV homicides.
  • Identify how various interventions may affect the problem of intimate partner homicide.
  • Apply and adapt these efforts to their own states or localities.

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