Dissertations, Theses, and Capstone Projects

Date of Degree


Document Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name



Data Analysis & Visualization


Michelle McSweeney

Subject Categories

Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Ethnicity in Communication | Health Communication | Mass Communication | Other Legal Studies | Social Justice | Social Statistics | Social Work


Domestic Violence, Women's violence, New York City, Invisibility, Opaque, Gender Violence


Analyzing the invisibility of domestic violence in New York City as 32% of women in the city experience intimate partner physical violence. In this project, domestic violence refers to all different kinds of violence that occur in a home between all the members who live there regardless of whether they are intimate partners or not. The data focuses on all the daily calls received by the New York Police Department (NYPD) and NYC Mayor’s Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence (ENDGBV) regarding domestic violence related incidents such as physical, psychological, emotional, and sexual violence, or murder. Even though many laws have been placed to combat this issue, the number of annual murders keeps being high since about 50 people are murdered each year due to domestic violence. After analyzing the relationship between the agencies working with victims of domestic violence, it was found that many of these do not have in-person personnel assisting victims in a language other than English. It goes without saying that many of these agencies are in neighborhoods where most of the population speak a language other than English such as Spanish or Chinese. In addition, the study ends by concluding that although domestic violence in New York City continues to be a phenomenon that affects all types of individuals regardless of their background, people of color end up suffering the most. Nevertheless, in the conclusion of this project, recognition is given to the hard work that people in the front lines of domestic violence in NYC face as many of them (including police officers) risk their lives to help many of the victims.

fernandez_yesenny_DomesticViolence.zip (85862 kB)
Data repository

fernandez_yesenny_domesticviolence-20230530161658.warc (14282 kB)
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