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Homicide and Assault Injuries in New York State

The rate of homicide, per 100,000 New York State residents, was highest in 1995 at 8.4 deaths. The rate decreased to 4.4 deaths per 100,000 in 2008. Since 1998, the rate has remained fairly consistent, with a high of 5.2 deaths in 2000 and 2001, and a low of 4.3 deaths in 2007.

The rate of hospitalizations due to assault has decreased from 64.5 hospitalizations per 100,000 New Yorkers in 1995, to a low of 44.5 hospitalizations in 1999. The rate of hospitalizations has increased slightly to 48.5 hospitalizations per 100,000 New Yorkers in 2007 and 2008.

Emergency department visit data has only been collected since 2005. The rate of outpatient emergency department treatment, per 100,000 New Yorkers, due to assault increased from 428.4 visits in 2005 to 445.8 in 2008.

Specific Statistics for Homicide and Assault Injuries

Chart showing homicides, 1995-2008

Deaths, Hospitalizations and Emergency Department Visits

These charts and tables detail multi-year, statewide statistics for all homicide and assault injuries among New York State residents. Data is presented in annual frequency and rate per 100,000 New York State residents.

In addition to the mean annual frequency and rate per 100,000 New Yorkers of deaths, hospitalizations and emergency department visits in the state, these tables contain additional summary statistics: a break down of the data by age group and gender, the percent of diagnosed traumatic brain injury, the mean charge for hospitalization or emergency department visit, multiple-year cumulative charges, and average length of hospital stay.

Additional Homicide and Assault Injury Resources within the Department of Health

Additional resources on homicide and assault injuries can be found on the Injury Prevention Program website within the specific topic areas or within the Prevention Agenda Toward the Healthiest State.

Contact Information

Center for Environmental Health
Bureau of Occupational Health and Injury Prevention
Empire State Plaza-Corning Tower, Room 1325
Albany, New York 12237
(518) 402-7900

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